Meat/Spirit attempts to understand our dual nature: are we human beings struggling to become spiritual beings—or spiritual beings trapped in human flesh? The title of the piece references the Kate and Anna McGarrigle song Why Must We Die: “We are meat, we are spirit/We have blood and we have grace/We have a will and we have muscle/A soul and a face/Why must we die?”
We have the capacity for so much goodness, but so often we revert to the worst of evils. The fabric is an inkjet-printed German illustration that accompanied a 1927 book entitled The Science of Eugenics. Eugenics, the study of selective breeding for the “betterment” of the human race, formed one of the scientific bases of the Nazi’s atrocities upon humankind. I have sewn wings to this figure which presents a human being as merely “meat.” She is encased in a sky blue bottle, trapped, as we are, between these two natures.
6.5″ x 4.5 ” x 1.75″. Bottle: 9.5″ x 14″