Friday, February 11, 2011

Design Archeology

The Catholic faith is very much about the rituals that take place within its practice. The main source for my information was based on my experiences with the religion of Catholicism, although some additional research of the artifacts and its uses was attributed to selection process. As a whole, the artifacts showcase the significant rituals and liturgical holidays of the Catholic faith. My main reasoning for choosing this subject is not only to further educate myself but also to showcase the beauty that is found within the artifacts as well as to explore what these rituals bring to its practitioners. It seems that these rituals are much more than just about faith. These rituals provide a sense of stability and comfort; a routine that can place the individual in a state of security. Because there is such a sense of steadiness and provide a soulful anchor for those in need, I thought it best to counter  this by displaying the artifacts in such a way that the artifacts appear to leap off the page. Bringing movement to the artifacts makes them more relatable to those who are not so familiar with the sanctity of the artifacts.

Artifacts include:

rosary - a traditional Catholic devotion. The term denotes the prayer beads used to count the series of prayers that make up the rosary. 

altar bells - primarily used to create a joyful noise to the Lord as a way to give thanks for the miracle of life

Our Lady of Guadalupe - Catholic icon of the Virgin Mary

chalice - a goblet or footed cup intended to hold a drink. Used in the Catholic mass during Holy Communion 

monstrance - a vessel used to display the Eucharist host 

confessional - the venue for sacrament 

candles - intended as a votive offering in the religious ceremony

stoup/holy water font - vessel containing holy water, typically placed at the entrances and exits of the church


1 comment:

  1. I like the lighting you chose to present these. It's very solemn and serious. Much like Catholicism.