The Assumption II

Graeme Hindmarsh

Vincentia, Australia

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Digital composite, 2007.
From the Dogma series.
© Graeme Hindmarsh 2007.
The complete series can be found here.

Where do dogs go when they die?

According to all three Abrahamic faiths, animals don’t go to Heaven or Paradise. This presents problems, not least of which is how can a place be truly Heaven or Paradise when “man’s best friend” is locked outside the Pearly Gates? No doggy door? Spending the rest of eternity in a pet-free-zone, to my mind, would seem to be closer to a damnation than a reward for a life well lived. Fortunately, this is not an issue with which I need to wrestle – to paraphrase Groucho Marx, “I’d never belong to any religion that would have me as a member!”

Ergo, The Assumption II.

Set on craggy hilltop at dusk, a group of dogs are illuminated by an eerie celestial light as they witness an Ascension. Some gaze in wonder, others leap with joy and some are shadowed in sadness. In the foreground, one addresses the viewer. Have we intruded upon a very private moment? Or is she questioning our fundamental system of beliefs?

This work started life as The Assumption I, and grew to be one of my largest, and most expensive, to date! Drawing heavily on the canon of religious art from the Baroque and Renaissance, at full resolution, it stands larger than life size. Because of the compression needed to display works on Redbubble, many of the beautiful details cannot be enjoyed, and it suffers from an over-saturation that is not present in the original work. Therefore, I’ve captured a selection of details below to better illustrate the work.

The Assumption II has received the following award
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Stock images were used in the creation of this work and are used under licence from the following photographers
Erik Reis
Paul Butchard
Edyta Pawlowska
Erik Lam
Jaimie Duplass
Rui Vale De Sousa
Anatoliy Zavodskov
Nancy Dressel
Nghe Tran
Grant Faint
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Siede Preis
All other photography and graphic elements © Graeme Hindmarsh, 2007.

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