5 Loaves, 2 Fish & 7 Baskets Leftover: A Covenant Ark for a Post Abundance Apocalypse

“5 Loaves, 2 Fish & 7 Baskets Leftover: Covenant Ark for a Post-Abundance Apocalypse” – Marcus Curnow, Post-Pentecost 2015.

Mixed media in working fish tank.

Joint winner of Whitley College Art Prize 2015 50 Years Anniversary, Theme: “Jubilee; Liberated for… ”

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Encountering an end-times preacher outside a Californian supermarket whilst shopping, Jubilee theologian Ched Myers once quipped to me,

‘How are we supposed to hear the last trumpet when we’ve never heard the first?’

This post-climate change wilderness is awash with Judeo-Christian Sabbath-Jubilee imagery which I regularly workshop with homeless, shopping trolley pushing participants of our inner-city church food rescue program.

Five loaves reference Corita Kent’s ‘Wonder-bread’ sacramentalism and Dali’s melted surrealism .

Two fish survive, liberated for a new genesis. A hopeful, humbling reminder of the origins of our species and our short memory spans.

Judges comments: 


“And, Marcus, who so tirelessly put his work together, painstaikingly melting bread bags of 5 loaves, and expressing the detritus of life in submerged and murky waters in what should otherwise be a sacred vessel, an ark carrying the covenant between God and humanity… this order turned on its head, our anthropocentric perception of reality challenged so that in the midst of the apocalypse remain two hardy fish… carrying the life and hope of God. Look carefully at this work, to see the heralds cloaked in the texts of jubilee and the feeding of the fishes… so many layers of symbol, woven in a grand challenge that I suspect each of us will see in different ways. We are all invited to respond to this, for this is the challenging of liberation beyond the personal to the communal – and ultimately the global and universal.”

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