Jeremy Clark – Gods Over Russia

 The Harvester of Souls

Ceramic Stoneware, metal oxide finish. 42Hx23Wx17D cm. Unique

Soviet myths and legends, gods and icons of state propaganda

October 1917 brought to Russia a transient freedom that became transformed, distorted, developing aspects of religious fervour and personality cult.

The Soviet Palimpsest: The Soviets rewrote Russian society. What could not be erased was usurped, reused, reformed to their means. The red corner of the room where Christian icons once stood now held Soviet icons and heroes. Stalin and Lenin made gods themselves with powers of life and death over the population. Dissent was Heresy, Blasphemy, resulting in Torture and Damnation. The transitional state of purgatory before the promised nirvana of true communism.

Jeremy has embodied these ideas into ‘Gods Over Russia’ and two sculptures: Lenin as ‘Lord of Destruction and Rebirth’, and Stalin as ‘The Harvester of Souls’.

 Lord of Destruction and Rebirth

Ceramic Stoneware, metal oxide finish. 49Hx17Wx18D cm. Unique

Tribal Soviet – a Human Palimpsest

Tribal Soviet’ – the head of a woman, a human palimpsest with overt manifestations of soviet and pre-soviet symbolry.

Ritual scarification of hammer and sickle on her face, a hand print over her mouth symbolising control and silence. Mementos from the Russian orthodox past and Soviet present decorate her hair.

Ceramic Stoneware, metal oxide finish. porcelain, silver and copper wire. 39Hx21Wx37D cm. Unique

‘Hope’

“Hope’ consists of a thin porcelain sheet with an image of a Soviet vision of hope on the front side (‘Freeing the World from Chains’).

On the obverse are images of the children of Traitors to the Motherland (‘The Death of Hope’). The obverse images are hidden in daylight but become visible when the porcelain sheet is lit from behind

‘Freeing the World from Chains’ is an altered form of an image by Nikolai Kochergin on the cover of ‘Kuznitsa’, a periodical published by the Peoples Commissariat of Enlightenment in 1921.

 

Detail from “Hope”

Hope: Porcelain, wood, LED light. 39Hx39Wx9D cm

1961 CosmoTubby

Inspired by a Soviet Spaceboy toy after Yuri Gagarin’s first human flight into space – 10 days before I was born – I was nearly called Yuri as a result.

27Hx19Wx10D, ceramic stoneware, metal oxide finish

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