Today's Gospel in Art - Take nothing for the journey except a staff

Miniature Walking Cane, by Gavin Turk, 1994 © Gavin Turk artist

Miniature Walking Cane, by Gavin Turk, 1994 © Gavin Turk artist

Gospel of 6th February 2020 - Mark 6:7-13

Jesus made a tour round the villages, teaching. Then he summoned the Twelve and began to send them out in pairs giving them authority over the unclean spirits. And he instructed them to take nothing for the journey except a staff - no bread, no haversack, no coppers for their purses. They were to wear sandals but, he added, 'Do not take a spare tunic.' And he said to them, 'If you enter a house anywhere, stay there until you leave the district. And if any place does not welcome you and people refuse to listen to you, as you walk away shake off the dust from under your feet as a sign to them.' So they set off to preach repentance; and they cast out many devils, and anointed many sick people with oil and cured them.

Reflection on the Miniature Walking Stick

Our artwork is by Gavin Turk, one of the original "YBAs" ("Young British Artists") who came to dominate Brit-Art in the 1990s. In a career spanning more than 20 years, Turk has created an entire language for questioning authenticity and preconception. Our image today looks like just a photo of a walking stick, but it is a miniature walking cane cast in bronze. So on first glance, it seems a rather ordinary functional object. But by dramatically reducing the size and also by changing the material of the object from wood to bronze, it makes the walking stick unusable. It turns a normal object into an artwork....

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