In the exhibition MAKING A RELIGION OUT OF ONE’S LONELINESS, Hannah Doerksen presents a sanctuary of solitude, an apparatus inspired by spaces in which art and spirituality are united, such as the Rothko Chapel in Houston. Taking up roughly the configuration of a church interior, the installation combines a place of worship and a waiting room. It includes objects made by the artist, decorative elements, suspended television sets showing images that at first glance seem banal, and benches arranged in rows in front of an altar. Playing on mystical contemplation through the notion of aloneness, Doerksen explores our ritualistic relationships with images and objects. She is interested in the redemptive role of objects in situations that isolate the human being, opening a door to the object’s possible social existence.
MAKING A RELIGION OUT OF ONE’S LONELINESS (2019)