Sven ‘t Jolle, ‘The Good Shepherd’
Published by Posture Editions, 2016
96 pages, 29,7 x 21 cm, paperback, Dutch/English
With The Good Shepherd and other sculptures for the not so converted, Sven `t Jolle searches for traces of Biblical imagery and Christian iconography in her own work of the past twenty years. The result of this search leads past numerous images, ranging from a Shia Pieta, the joyful entry of Jesus in Malibu to detention on Christmas island. Different cultural elements and socio-political topics are linked in an associative way. For the artist, the religious references are only the first layer of meaning in a stepping stone to a broader socially critical story. By drawing on the artist's extensive sketchbook archive, among other things, the book offers an insight into the artistic development process and the train of thought behind this versatile oeuvre. The book was initiated in the autumn of 2015 with the eponymous exhibition in the historic Heilige Geest site in Lier, where the artists' initiative Voorkamer is based. Preaching to the church, which can be heard in the subtitle, alludes to the role that art may or may not play in the social conflict of ideas. A question that philosopher Robrecht Vanderbeeken takes to heart in his text contribution.