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Images & Text © 2017 Michael Forbes - All rights reserved.

Gold Christ for Gold People & Black Christ for Black People
Gold Christ for Gold People & Black Christ for Black People - Work in progress 2019
Sculptural installation, with black painted A frame, gloss black painted christ figure and gold painted christ figure.
Christ figures: Jesmonite, wigs, gold watches, gloss paint, spray paint. A frame: OSB board, matt paint.
Size 1.70m x 1.70m
Gold Christ for Gold People & Black Christ for Black People - Work in progress 2019
Gold Christ for Gold People & Black Christ for Black People - Work in progress 2019
Gold Christ for Gold People & Black Christ for Black People - Work in progress 2019
Gold Christ for Gold People & Black Christ for Black People - Work in progress 2019
Gold Christ for Gold People & Black Christ for Black People - Work in progress 2019
Gold Christ for Gold People & Black Christ for Black People - Work in progress 2019
Gold Christ for Gold People & Black Christ for Black People - detail - Work in progress 2019

Gold Christ for Gold People & Black Christ for Black People (this work is in progress – July 2019)

Gold Christ for Gold People & Black Christ for Black People forms part of a wider narrative for Forbes’ practice, with contemporary racial politics and migration being the crux of this work. The impact of poverty and historical teachings of religion also inform the conversation of how the work develops.

The ongoing issues of poverty and conflict in Africa have contributed to the increase of mass migration to other parts of the world, particularly Europe. Unfortunately, the option to get to Europe has caused unprecedented numbers of deaths crossing the Mediterranean over the last 30 years, which is reflected in the sculptural and animation work.

Black visibility and invisibility also inform the work - many black people talk about the psychological invisibility they experience within society and in the work place, and how it impacts on their lives and careers.

The black gloss painted Christ hanging over the black matt painted A frame plays with the ideas of black visibility and invisibility, the notion of being and not being, within the context of presence and absence: meaning, one can be present, but invisible. On the opposite side of the A frame the gold Christ presents the stark contrast to the black Christ, which offers up many metaphors for potential audiences to debate and generate their own narrative.

This work will be developed with a range of new and re purposed structures, such as crane armatures, latticed frames, and tripod winches.

Black Christ for Black People - Work in progress 2019
Sculptural installation, with black painted medical trolley, gloss black painted christ figure, tow rope and book.
Christ figures: Jesmonite, wigs, gold watches, gloss paint, spray paint.
Size 1.70m x 1.10m
Black Christ for Black People - Work in progress 2019
Sculptural installation, with black painted medical trolley, gloss black painted christ figure, tow rope and book.
Christ figures: Jesmonite, wigs, gold watches, gloss paint, spray paint.
Size 1.70m x 1.10m
The Process  2019 
Black Christ for Black People Gold Christ for Gold People  - Work in progress 2019
Testing frame structure and wigs 
Black Christ for Black People Gold Christ for Gold People  - Work in progress 2019
Gold painting in progress 
Black Christ for Black People Gold Christ for Gold People  - Work in progress 2019
Gold painting in progress 
Black Christ for Black People Gold Christ for Gold People  - Work in progress 2019
Gold painting in progress 
Black Christ for Black People Gold Christ for Gold People  - Work in progress 2019
Gold painting in progress ​including rope noose 
Black Christ for Black People Gold Christ for Gold People  - Work in progress 2019
Testing frame structure and wigs 
Black Christ for Black People Gold Christ for Gold People  - Work in progress 2019
Testing frame structure detail, noose and wigs 
Black Christ for Black People Gold Christ for Gold People  - Work in progress 2019
Testing frame structure with unpainted Christ figure and wigs 
Black Christ for Black People Gold Christ for Gold People  - Work in progress 2019
Raw OSB board, Christ figure and frame structure 
Black Christ for Black People Gold Christ for Gold People  - Work in progress 2019
Raw OSB board, Christ figure, frame structure and books 
Christ Torso  2019 
Jesmonite Christ figure 
Christ cast in jacket - Work in progress 2019
Christ cast in silicone mould 2019
Christ cast in silicone mould 2019
Christ cast Jesmonite 2019
Christ cast Jesmonite 2019
Christ cast Jesmonite 2019
Christ cast Jesmonite 2019
Christ cast Jesmonite and silicone mould  2019
Christ cast Jesmonite 2019
Christ cast in Jesmonite jacket  2019
Christ cast in Jesmonite jacket  2019
Christ cast in Jesmonite jacket  2019
Silicone mould in Jesmonite jacket  2019
Silicone mould in Jesmonite jacket  2019
Silicone mould in Jesmonite jacket  2019
Silicone mould in Jesmonite jacket  2019
Foam model covered in silicone  2019
Foam model covered in silicone  2019
Foam model covered in silicone  2019
Foam model testing out wig  2019
Foam model testing out wig  2019
Foam model testing out wig  2019
CNC machine milling foam model  2019
CNC machine milling foam model  2019
CNC machine milling foam model  2019
Artist sketch  2019
First artist sketch  2019