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JAIN MCKAY

CHILDREN OF

THE APOCALYPSE

Further information:

20 - 23 March ❘ 10am - 4pm

Opening Night: 20  March ❘ 6pm - 9pm

An apocalypse (Ancient Greek:  ποκάλυψις apocálypsis, from  πό and καλύπτωmeaning "uncovering"), translated literally from Greek, is a disclosure of knowledge:i.e. A lifting of the veil or revelation. In a religious context it is usually a disclosure ofsomething hidden. In the Book of Revelation, the last book of the New Testament, therevelation which John receives is that of the ultimate victory of good over evil andthe end of the present age.

As aspecies have we progressed no further than the second stage of Piaget's Stages of Cognitive Development? In 1951 Jean Piaget broke down childhood to four key stages, the second of these,from ages two to four, the child is typically egocentric. They have an inability to see asituation from another person's point of view. According to Piaget, the egocentricchild assumes that other people see, hear, and feel exactly the same as the child does.

 

Images from the Exhibition

All images photographed by Mental Images  ©Mental Images 2015

This exhibition questions “Are todays children the ones who will experience theraising of the veil” - or is this just the preoccupation of every era since the beginningof civilisation? Is there really a raising of consciousness or is it all a delusion? Will ittake a new generation to see past the curtain to a new reality?

 

This work could also be read as a commentary on modern civilisation; we think weare grown up but is humanity actually still in it’s early years, mere toddlers? Another key feature which children display during this stage is animism, the beliefthat inanimate objects (such as toys and teddy bears) have human feelings andintentions.

 

Does this mirror our own desire to personify God and worship statues?

 

If the similarities between the state we find the human race to be in at the momentand the cognitive development of two year old run parallel, does this enable us topredict a time when we will reach full consciousness, the apocalypse?

 

ARTIST PROFILE

More information about Jain McKay is available on her artist profile page.

Address:

21 Clifton Street

Chapel Ash

Wolverhampton WV3 0TZ

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