The past is forward – Lot’s wife

Christopher Jeauhn Bayne, 2021

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The past is forward - Lot’s wife is a thought-provoking artwork that reflects on the lessons of the past and the hopes and fears of the future, particularly in the context of the pandemic. The artwork was produced during a time when the artist was discussing building plans with a close friend who was having a new apartment built. This experience, combined with the artist’s reflections on the pandemic, led to the creation of a piece that is both beautiful and haunting. The artwork features a range of elements, including building plans, forests of trees, textures of rust, and glowing mandalas. Birds take flight, symbolizing the hope and freedom of the future. Amongst the trees, goddesses roam, representing the power and resilience of the natural world. However, in augmented reality, these goddesses crumble as if turned to salt for looking back, like Lot’s wife, symbolizing the dangers of dwelling too much on the past and failing to move forward. Overall, The past is forward - Lot’s wife is a powerful and evocative artwork that invites viewers to reflect on their own experiences of the pandemic and consider how they can learn from the past while embracing the challenges and opportunities of the future. The artwork is both beautiful and haunting, capturing the complexity of the human experience and the fragility of our world.


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