Center for Contemporary Art
December 1, 2006 - March 4, 2007
Requiem for a Soldier, Julia Stratton's collection of fourteen
bronze sculptures, confronts the difficult theme of war through
works inspired by the Mozart Requiem Mass in D Minor. Placing
today's crisis in the context of a long history of war, Stratton's
focus in her work is spiritual and human rather than political.
Each sculpture corresponds with one of the fourteen sections of
Mozart's Requiem, and Stratton explains that the Requiem's "powerful
expression of conflict and loss made an inspiring structure for
[her] motif." Stratton used the compelling text of the Requiem
Mass as a source to articulate her response to the current conflict,
as well as a means to explore the connection between war and religion.
The exhibition incorporates a written text and audio recording
along with the sculptures, allowing the viewer to experience the
music in the context of the installation.