A dedicated website, printed cards and advertisements placed in London-wide
publications, invited anecdotal evidence of modern-day miracles. The installation
is based entirely on these testimonies. Each image is compiled from 6 layered
photographs. This lenticular format offers the viewer the impression of
lips moving as they walk by the installation, as if in whispered prayer.
At the same time, the viewer will experience the suggestion of hushed voices
and collaged layers
of directional sound. The photographs are displayed
on a shallow curve so that the overall set of images envelops the viewer
in an apparent communion. The work aims to examine whether 'miracles' that
occur in contemporary life are perceived as a divine intervention, or fate,
or merely coincidence by those who have witnessed them. Drawing together
such disparate motives raises interesting questions about our systems of
"We live in a society whose newfound religion is self-worship and whose headline news is a celebration of public suffering and testimony. But despite this spiritual poverty it seems that we have a need for hope that is as great as our need to tell stories. Denton's work is about storytelling, although truth is not the issue - these are stories simply told which express recognition of something intangible in the way of things".
Patrick StPaul, Afterthought Press