Saint Dominic's Priory Church
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Monday, July 4, 2016
New Bridge Street Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 2TP
North East England
Saint Dominic's Priory Church

What happens when fashion and religion collide? To many, fashion is religion. It demands a stern system of faith and belief. Aren’t religious practices and the rituals of a catwalk performed in similar sequestered places, in comparative set sequence? Holy Chic offers an playful interchange between fashion and religion. Installation artist WESSIELING paired devotional quotes collected from the Dominic’s parishioners with popular fashion language. Enlarged text in blood red and sparkling gold envelopes the church’s pillars to reinforce powerful religious and fashion messages yet more hidden titles are only revealed when read horizontally through the interlined of gold characters. On the sidewall are a series of gold plates with fashion language and biblical quotes etched on. The extenuated irony sees the juxtaposition of the text-work with the religious sculptures for the journey of the crucifixion. Text and installation are the artist’s major medium, who has, in previous occasions, ‘made’ poems using fashion advertising slogans.

This event is part of The Late Shows 2016 in Newcastle upon Tyne ( and sponsored by the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland.

A trained cultural historian, WESSIELING studied fine art in Central Saint Martin College of Art and Design (London). Draw on her dual role as an artist and academic researcher, her visual art practice spins off her inquiry of the (in)tangible assets of fashion, consumption, globalisation, (post-)colonalism, cultural hybridity and authenticity. Works were exhibited in OVADA (2015, UK: Oxford), Danson House (2013, UK: Bexleyheath Trust), Brunei Gallery (2012, London: SOAS), Saltram House (2012, Plymouth: National Trust), Victoria & Albert Museum (2011, London) among others.