Inbred, fabric, timber, steel, lights (2013)

Inbred is a site-specific installation which sets as its basic premise, the audience’s experience of the space it is surrounded by. Inspired by the architecture of confession boxes, the work invites the audience to circulate around and experience the nuances of light and shade and the internal aesthetic interplay with the architecture of the museum space.

Inspired by the 6th century Irish monk St. Columba and specifically by Adomnán of Iona’s The Life of St. Columba; the work serves as a metaphor of the effect of Divine light during St Columba’s miracles and angelic apparitions.   The presence of “internal light” as a sign of divinity within objects, buildings and rooms is consistent in the Third Book: – “concerning visions and angels”, becoming a pattern throughout. The appearance of  Holy light, during miracles and angelic interventions seems to be a barometer of holiness amongst the brethren in the book. Disclosed or even forbidden at times in the martyries by Adomnán, the non-consented seeing of the holy light is considered sacrilege and can be punished by God through the holy powers of the Saint. The work is inspired by this metaphor and is a derivative of it, using light as a symbol of truth and an end point or Pinnacle.

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Augustus Veinoglou lives and works in Edinburgh.