“Any progress toward the salvation of humankind will probably begin from the bottom—when our gods have been devalued to the status of refrigerator magnets or lawn ornaments.”
Oil on canvas
The title actually comes from a David Sylvian/Robert Fripp track of the same name, which contains the lines;”Born in darkness-Built on shame-And hurting”.
The painting was borne out of quite an old pen and ink drawing from 2015 I think, resurrected as a sort of lodestar for my next series, but it struck me recently whilst eliciting research, that the meat and sandwich of the whole end quest, was going to be some sort of reckoning with God-a visual trial by fire if you will, and by that same task= man, since y’know…chicken and egg.
Like I say, potent stuff, so our primate here is a little totem of modern piety, a paradox of hypocrisy and sanctimony.