During the ceremony of her Final Profession, a sister lies in front of the alter while the community and the congregation say a litany or prayer of intercession, the the angels and saints...By the life and labour of all monks promote the welfare of all humanity...Hear prayer...etc.

Anne Noble, Artist

This is one of the photographs in our collection. It was made in Tyburn, London, England in 1988.
This record represents a work in a series and has related works.
Measurements
Support H117 x W172mm
Image H111 x W165mm
Frame H482 x W585 x D20mm
Media
Silver toned gelatin photograph
Description
From the Series "In the presence of Angels- Photographs of Contemporary life" 56 photographs."Two primary raw materials of photography, time and light, also happen to be two concepts central to the monastic life. Anne Noble's exhibition, In the presence of angels, which has been touring New Zealand for the last two years, captures the reality inhabited by the Benedictine nuns of Tyburn Convent, near the centre of London, and also illuminates the photo-artist's own practice. Nobles exposures reflect the nun's preoccupation with transcending the materiality and temporality of existence. In a catalogue essay to the show, Mother M. Xavier McMonagle describes her monastic vocation as a "spiritual dance between time and eternity"*. Photography is, in its own way, also a dance or transaction between time and timelessness. Its objective, like the liturgical life, can be "to sanctify time and all human activity"**" by Gregory O'Brien. Article ' Silent Films', in 'Illusions'. pg 36. See Loan file.
*In the presence of Angels, Exhibition catalogue, Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui, 1989, pp7-10.
**Ibid
Credit Line
On long term loan to the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui, by E. Clark, for the R.J. Clark Memorial Art Collection, 1991.
Collection Type
Loans
Acquisition Date
1991

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L1991/23/47

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