Cut-and-paste religious rewritings by Meg Hitchcock-steger

3 Jun

‘the satanic verses: ‘repentance’ from the koran’ by meg hitchcock, 2012
letters cut from ‘the satanic verses’ by salman rushdie
21″ x 19

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.’

‘In ‘the satanic verses: ‘repentance’ from the koran cut from ‘the satanic verses’ by salman rushdie’, 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’. -hitchcock speaks to ‘the satanic verses’

‘throne: the book of revelation’, 2012
letters cut from the koran
44.5″ x 30″

milk and honey: ‘michael row the boat ashore”, 2012
letters cut from the bhagavad gita
40″ x 26″

‘prayer to lakshmi’, 2012
letters cut from the koran
4″ x 4″

‘I am the oblation: bhagavad gita, ch. 9’, 2012
letters cut from the koran
12″ x 12″

buddhist prayer for peace’, 2012
letters cut from the methodist hymnal
7 x 5 in.


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