GOAT BIRTH

Video installation, 2015

The scapegoat is a person or animal which takes on the sins of others.  The concept derives from the ritual "Day of Atonement" described in Leviticus which involves the transfer of the community's sins to a goat, which is then expelled into the wilderness.  The mythology of Jesus mirrors that of the scapegoat, a figure which is believed to have bore the responsibility for the sins of mankind.  A commentary on the church's obsession with self-sacrifice and atonement, Goat Birth celebrates the life of the scapegoat and elevates "sin," as something that's animalistic, natural, and innate.  The installation, viewed from church pews offered an opportunity for "sinners," to self-reflect on the notion of the scapegoat and witness the glorification of the animal's generative spirit, rather than its elimination.