19 Dec 2014

I'd like a piece of Paradise!

Helen Acosta Iglesias

Appropriating Language #1

Subject matter, contents, thoughts, ideas and inspirations often materialize to become works of art. 
A Bible made of edible wafers and printed with food coloring does just the opposite: the contents of The Bible are absorbed by eating them.
The Bible itself anticipates this in Ezekiel 3:2-3:
"So I opened my mouth, and He fed me this scroll. He said to me, 'Son of man, feed your stomach and fill your body with this scroll which I am giving you.' Then I ate it, and it was sweet as honey in my mouth."
A similar notion of "the embodiment" of the Word can be found in The Concise Dictionary of German Superstitions (De Gruyter Publishing House), which describes medieval conventions: the priests would speak the Lord's Prayer into babies’ mouths, so that they would be raised in a devout and pious manner—as if the words in their bodies would restlessly wander until they became faith.
Children especially react intuitively to this idea by wanting to eat images of angels, hoping to carry their guardian angels inside their bodies. Also, certain letters or excerpts from The Book of Genesis are enthusiastically eaten with the request: "I'd like a piece of Paradise!"

This exhibition was the Adventskalender Tip on 18th of December 2014 at RBB, Television Berlin / Brandenburg