This project is dedicated to the memory of Niki Pollard who sadly died 2 weeks after her photograph was taken, she was a true inspiration and an honour to work with.
What is Sanctae?
Sanctae is a photographic installation comprising 21 larger than life size (8ft x 3ft) images of female nudes. On completion each image will be finished with a gilt halo transferred directly onto each one.
The installation houses women as real as any of us. Resonant with historical and religious symbols and signs, these larger than life idols 'make saints of the ordinary' by exploring the intense emotions, expectations and sacrifices inherent in the female body's potential to give life, creating a space of challenging reflections and revelations about issues of contemporary womanhood.
I've included a couple of model testimonials which I've kept anonymous:
"I was profoundly
moved by the images of women in Ione's 'Sanctae.'
image says so much about the truth of real women's bodies. We all have scars
and oddities. Not one photo shows a perfect body.
everywhere in today's society, women are bombarded with unreal images of
idealized female sexuality - photographs of models with every imperfection
work is important because it reminds all women that the images we see in the
media are not real. The 'Sanctae' images capture great dignity in the women.
participant, it took a lot of courage to take part, but I did so because of my
faith in the importance of this project."
"I have always been captivated by Ione’s work so when I saw
that she was looking for an older model
for Sanctae, I took a deep breath and contacted her! I was delighted and excited when Ione
said she would like me to take part.
For me, personally, I knew that this would be a great challenge and I
felt that my goal would be a freedom from feelings that had been with me for
most of my life. In my life, I
have always chosen to conceal my feminine form and, at last, here was my
opportunity to confront this.
It was, for me, very liberating experience to work with Ione
and also to feel that I was going to be part of such an exciting and
I feel proud of us all and thank
Ione for such a unique experience."
This is an email I received (sic) after a small montage of some of the Sanctae images were posted on the internet.
“I hope you don’t mind me contacting
you, but I have just received an email from Art + Culture with a montage of
your new work. I have recently had a mastectomy and chemotherapy [and
radiotherapy] and you pictures really touched me. Here is a visual
representation of my poor sore chemo veins and my scarred chest staring back at
me but for once it wasn’t me. But it felt like an acknowledgement of it from an
empathic perspective rather than a clinical/medical one.
I can’t really adequately put into words what the images evoked in me, they
made me cry, but not out of self pity, but as a relief. It felt for the first
time like somebody really understood the journey I have been on and was walking
beside me and all of a sudden I didn’t feel quite so alone.
sincerely hope you manage to raise the funds necessary for the installation
Thank you for the comfort and strength your images have
At this stage all of the 21 images are complete with just post production left to do.
Your pledges will go towards the remaining production costs.
I have been working on Sanctae for nearly two and a half years and now that I'm in the final stages need some financial support for the production of the photographic panels which will be printed by www.spectrumphoto.co.uk who are sponsoring me to the value of 20% of the overall printing and mounting costs. The metal structure the panels sit within which will be built by PJ Dove Engineering Services also make up part of these remaining costs.
I need to raise the funds by May 2013 to allow enough time for the printing, image post production, mounting and the construction of the metal structure that will house the panels. It will then be installed over several days by my technician and the gallery technicians.
The first showing of the installation will be at the Royal West of England Academy in Bristol www.rwa.org.uk in January 2014 (exact date tbc), I then hope to take the project on tour around the UK. With the assistance of The White Square gallery in Berlin I hope to take the project over to Europe and eventually the States. Bo-lee gallery, Bath is assisting with ongoing proposals and some of the discussions with other potential venues.
Here are examples of some of my other work and a description of an up and coming project:
I am currently in the research stages of a new project entitled Anatomica Botanica in collaboration with artist Rosie Martin, she has a number of books published with Batsford Press in conjunction with the Eden Project. The project will run from 2013 - 2015.
Risks and challenges
There are risks and challenges associated with any creative projects and as I have pieces constantly towing and throwing from the studio I am well aware of the organisation and work that goes into maintaining the smooth running of things.
My photographic works are mainly portraits, and as my subjects are not models I have to be particularly aware of an individuals body image. It is important that there is clarity and understanding of their role in the work and that they know what the image will be used for. This means that the subject must always be made fully aware of what they are involved in and the creative and conceptual aspects of the piece. I have a signed artist model agreement which should prevent any misunderstanding if they arise.
As the exhibition will be touring the panels have to be tough and durable to withstand handling and travel. I have been working alongside Spectrumphoto to ensure the best results, we have decided on 3mm Dibond mount (plastic and aluminium composite) with a 3mm Durospec finish and an aluminium subframe for extra strength. I have insurance in place in the event of any damage. Emanuelhendry will build 3 wooden crates to house the 21 panels and components of the metal structure for their storage and protection during transportation. I have a dry and secure space to store the work in between exhibitions. Therefore will not be compromising the overall budget on alternative storage. All costs have been included within the budget.
A signed limited edition print 12"x16" from previous bodies of work, on selected prints only either from 'Birds, Fishwives and Bunnygirls' or 'In Utero'. Refer to my website and contact me for details. www.ionerucquoi.com
An opportunity to view the installation before it has been published or exhibited - A private link to an online carousel of all 21 images and accompanying text by Tiff Oben.
Exclusive to Kickstarter, one image from a choice of 3 that comprise the Sanctae installation a limited edition signed print 12" x 4.5". To choose which image you want printed out of the 3 contact me via email and I'll send you the images to look at.
Exclusive to Kickstarter I am offering, one image from a choice of three that comprise the Sanctae installation a signed limited edition print 30"x12", hand finished with a gilt halo. To choose which image you want printed contact me via email and I'll send you the images to look at.