Brooklyn, New York artist Meg Hitchcock weaves together spiritual traditions by cutting away from religious texts letter by letter, then placing these characters by hand in a swirling combination of characters creating the words of other holy books. Hitchcock was raised as a fundamentalist Christian and now does not identify with religious learnings. Through her work, the artist celebrates all religions and the human need for transcendence– to reach outside of oneself for a connectedness with ‘the other’. Through her works Hitchcock feels she honors this timeless urge in humanity by uniting various faith systems through art, raising both religions by making art from their only actualized form.
The artist says of her work:
‘I incorporate and ‘cross-pollinate’ the sacred writings of all spiritual traditions, suggesting that all religions derive from the same source, and are sustained in the same unwavering faith.
I recreated a chapter from the koran called ‘Repentance’ by cutting letters from ‘The Satanic Verses’, the novel by Salman Rushdie. By reconfiguring the letters of this controversial novel into a passage from the Koran, I seek to bring restitution to the original offense. It is not my place to speculate whether Mr. Rushdie regrets or seeks repentance for producing his novel; my intention with this text drawing is to address the issue of religious intolerance and extremism under which he and others have greatly suffered‘.