The Good Book series of drawings is another look at the uneasy alliance of sex and religion (see Malice in Wonderland). On this occasion drawing from the statement ‘you can tell the ideals of a nation by its advertising’.
We see billboards that festoon the American landscape which sell religion like so much fast food, at so many convenience stores - with reduction of spirituality (regardless of its denominational origins) to yet another product of consumerism - combined with the fact that churches coffers all around the world are being emptied to pay for an avalanche of claims against them for abuse. The result we are left with in ‘The Good Book’ makes uneasy viewing. We see the door opened to a room which we do not want to look in - but cannot resist the temptation.
Here the thrust is religion being sold as a commodity; something that can be advertised and sold like any other consumer product. Stack ‘em high and sell ‘em cheap has no place here however, the cost in this case is the ultimate currency. One must pay with one’s soul and as much of one’s love and faith as one can muster, the trade-off is guilt until the promise of salvation and entry to the Promised Land. In the meantime donate generously.
The colouring of this collection is meant to be insipid, as not to detract from the message of the gospel and remind the viewer that signs of ostentatious wealth and spending should be reserved for the teacher not the disciple.