Dawn Service 

1998  140 x 290 cms

 
Given the re-invigourated religious fervour of Santa Teresa, I wasn't surprised to see the construction of a modest grotto on the low rise, mid-point of camp. The young men constructed it and the women embellished it with candles, rosaries and photos of the sacred. Eventually theis space was enclosed with a bough shelter and consecrated by a priest from the town's church. Months later, it was incinerated during a drunken tiff. It's present state is described in the painting, The Disrobing of Adrian Hayes. Young Patrick Hayes is depicted in the near space expounding on an alternative text, Robert Pirsig's, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.