robyn macrae, Jesus Piece (PEOPLE 2022)

Belonging, identity and representations of beauty are recurring narratives in my art practice. This image “Jesus Piece” explores the relationship between religious iconography and fashion, which has filtered from the canyons of New York to the underpasses of regional Australia. Many Christians feel that religious jewellery in fashion has decreased the power of the symbolism to the point of appropriation. Icons have been lowered to a level of pure aesthetic use, a symbol of beauty to hang around your neck in contrast to an indication of a commitment to God.