God Shaped Hole

Woolley, Dawn ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6958-5658 and Worth, Zara (2022) God Shaped Hole. In: Painting, Photography, and the Digital: Crossing the Borders of the Medium. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. ISBN 1-5275-8917-X


This essay focuses on three bodies of work examining parallels between religious aesthetics and practice, and social media. The artworks, which include our own and Casper White’s, explore manifestations of the quasi-religious in the contemporary everyday–their subjects intersect with, or function like, Christian religious objects, such as votives, veils, shrouds, prayers, and icons. The works discussed in the essay draw on traditional religious artforms to explore our actions and interactions on, and with, social media. As the title of the essay suggests, these works are united by an interest in contemporary practices and objects, which perhaps latently occupy a space left by religion in secular life. We will focus particularly on how these works elucidate intersections between religious practice and digital cultures through themes of space, presence and participation.

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