‘Is it I, Lord?’
September 2000
Ceramic, Wood, Cotton, Bread, Brass
116 x 19 x 32cm

This version of The Last Supper was exhibited at Tunnelvision, a show curated by Measure at the dis-used Aldwych tube station in central London. The exhibiton formed part of the London Open House weekend and attracted a large and varied audience. I had been working on this piece for a short time before the opportunity arose to exhibit in Tunnelvision but the piece was well suited to the old building and I was pleased with the way it worked.

Whatever your religious beliefs, the Bible is an amazing story and since narrative has always been such an important factor in my work, I attempted to narrate somebody else's texts rather than my own. It was also interesting making a piece of work when there have been so many previous depictions of the same story and the resulting sculpture uses the same rules as Leonardo Da Vinci's 15th century painting.
I chose this window ledge in the tube station because of its height (following Da Vinci who painted above a door way) and because of the imposing cross-shape in the framework of the window. It was extremely dark and the piece was lit from below which seemed to add to the expressive nature of the work.

The statement which accompanied the sculpture is shown below:

'The Arabs were the first people in recorded history to use toothbrushes [though it is thought they were first used over 5000 years ago]. Religious significance was attached to the ritual, and prayers were said while brushing. Fifteen minutes of brushing equals about 70 prayers. It has been theorized that the expression "Cleanliness is next to Godliness" evolved from this period.' ¹

The story of the Last Supper was painted by Leonardo Da Vinci and finished in 1498 on the end wall of a monastery in Milan.

'Leonardo Da Vinci was a keen student of Physiognomy, the science which seeks to establish a persons character from his or her features and facial expression. He observed that every emotion has its corresponding reaction or gesture, which differs with the age and character of the person concerned.' ²

I am a keen student of Toothbrushology, the science which seeks to establish a persons character from his or her toothbrush. I have observed that it is possible to establish basic characteristics by analysing someone's toothbrush.

1. Text taken from 'The History of the toothbrush' @ www.remedent.com
2. Text taken from 'Leonardo Da Vinci' Written by Francesca Romei Pub. by Simon and Schuster 1994

September 2000