This past summer i was the resident artist in the jewelry studio of the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design. These works were the result of my summer residency and they make up the body of work Sinners and Saints - my first solo exhibition.
"I proposed the idea for the show before I was accepted for the residency at the CBCCD. I proposed Sinners and Saints from the beginning and I feel that I had a very clear vision the whole way through. I was thinking about Saints (the traditional kind) and I thought about how they walk a fine line and often meet a violent end and are sainted afterward. For example Joan of Arc or Saint Sebastian (two of my personal favourites for mythology) they had to "sin" and be judged, persecuted and meet a horrible end before they attained their sainthood. Essentially they were very controversial character in their time - misfits. This made me think of controversial characters in recent history and the way they compare. Especially celebrities in art, music, literature and film. It made me think that maybe Keith Richards, Harvey Milk, Patti Smith, Robert Mapplethorpe, Andy Warhol, Oscar Wilde, Malcolm X, Nico, Freddie Mercury, Charles Bukowski, William S. Burroughs, Kurt Cobain etc. etc. are our modern saints. They existed on the fringes of society at some point before their rise to "Sainthood" in the counter culture of the time and place. They are antiheroes. Controverisial, freakish saints. "
(photos from the opening were taken by my brother, Stephen Arsenault)