Bags Which Wax Not Old II, 2006

Title of ArtworkBags Which Wax Not Old II

Artwork Year: 2006

Dimensions: Variable dimensions

Medium: Used Burlap (Jute Bags), Imitation Catholic Priest’s Stole


Inspired by the Bible, ‘Luke 12: 33’ (GIV):

“Sell all that you have and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in heaven that faileth not. Where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth.  For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also”.

These offering bags made out of old bean and groundnuts sacks, also have holes in them to reference the offering money leaking through. At the same time, the bags are patched which reflects this continuous process of leaking and filling.

The use of the old bags is important as they represent the probable misuse of poor people’s offerings to the church.  At the top, the golden ‘stole’, which is a ribbon-like structure is a replica of an item worn by churchwardens at Mass.  The colour symbolises the church's feast days.

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