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Artist Statement

"I am drawn to matters of faith and spirituality, but also decay, deconstruction, and rebirth. I look for spaces to photograph where these exist simultaneously feeding each other or in conflict with each other. As a species we have a tendency to mark some things--created by humans or naturally created--as sacred then leaving them to the mercy of time. Sometimes that very lack of human intervention is itself sacred. Sometimes decay comes from a loss of faith, resources, or meaning.

By exploring both the sacred and decay and their interaction with each other in a wide array of contexts that include theistic and nontheistic traditions; Eastern, Western, and other religions; and even sacredness that defies categorization, I am exploring not just the meaning of sacred, but also the politics, malleability, and humanity that creates, informs, and engages sacred spaces and objects.

As a Humanist (a nontheistic, ethical worldview), I am often biasly given the characteristic of despising the sacred in all its forms. The body of my work disrupts this narrative by, though not uncritically, raising up the sacred in all its forms and exploring what it means for those people who call a thing sacred and what it means for the rest who don’t. What does a sacred place or object mean for those for whom it is secular?

But my work isn’t simply a catalogue of abandoned churches and broken relics. It is the sacred through the eyes of humanity. Life itself is sacred. And profane. My photographs are about life, love, fun, fear, and despair in the light and shadow of the sacred. How and why we connect with each other is illustrated in how and why we deem something sacred, how and why we let it decay, and how and why it is similar or dissimilar to other’s sacred spaces and objects."

                                                                                                Wendy Webber

Gallery: 101 Art Threads