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Dafne Artigot asks these eternal questions to help us reflect on the basic human need to construct deities for when we as mere mortals require to process anxiety in the event of dealing with the unknown or facing death. These are also useful when dealing with injustice, all they require in return is that their flock don’t question their bestowed status.
“The questions that humans ask themselves when trying to find an answer in religion are legion. Faith presents a diverse range of fantasy, such as doves announcing pregnancies to virgins, miracles involving wine, resurrections and the big one, the promise of a better existence in a dimension from which no known individual has actually returned to tell us how it actually is. “The Saints, Gods and Virgins that inhabit the world of Dafne Artigot take the form of capricious toys that reflect the complexity of the identification of we individuals with our peers. Our perception of imposed or chosen saviours is increasingly ambiguous, as reflected in the images of I Want To Believe closer to a B-movie imagery than to a religious tract.
“To my Aunt Carmen, who was deeply religious that never missed a mass, there was nothing that excited her more than trying to spot a UFO in the sky from her terrace. She’d often see suspicious lights through her binoculars and never missed the famous Spanish TV show about the unknown that was hosted by Dr Jimenez del Oso. This leads me to think that the human need to believe in a higher power is compatible in all forms. From Tarot or Ouija to the healers, the more lost we are, the greater is the wish to find a mystery to guide us.”Dafne’s exhibition portrays baroque exaggeration and a kitsch style that oozes humour, talent, technical ability and beyond the concept, a deep reflection on the human concerns that reflect religion and also science fiction. Some take refuge in scientific explanation but there’s no suggestion that any of these works present answers but rather to have the viewer reflect on any meaning being absolute.