<em>Sanctify Thyself, No. 1</em>

Yael Kanarek
Sanctify Thyself, No. 1, 2013
Wood, silicone words in nine languages:
Amharic, Arabic, English, German,
Hebrew, Japanese, Chinese, Latin, Russian
Diameter 42 in / 106.7 cm, depth 2 in / 5.1 cm

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This piece creates a halo when visitors stand in front of it and considers the notion of sainthood as ‘high performance spirituality’. Since the first century the halo has been used internationally as a marker of the sacred in visual stories, spanning the traditions of Buddhist, Islamic and Christian religions, as well as art from Persia, Greece, India and the Roman Empire.

Cast in silicon with a metallic pigment, the word “white” is represented in nine languages and used as a compositional unit throughout the picture plane. Shuffling the physical properties of language, Kanarek crafts a cognitive interference known as the Stroop affect. “The gap between text and color creates a pause and allows a white boundless space to emerge in the viewer’s mind, recalling Kandinsky’s observations in ‘Concerning the Spiritual in Art,'” says Kanarek.

Transliterations: Amharic – Holi / Arabic – Abiad / English – White / German – Weiss
Hebrew – Lavan / Chinese – Bái / Japanese – Shiro / Latin – Niveus / Russian – Bhehley


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