by Mateo Palazzi
Display your gratitude. Rejoice always. Pray incessantly. Be endlessly thankful.
An obsolete message. A surplus of praise. Profit plus gratitude: personal success in life. Imperative duty.
Yet unenlightened, the child enters the chapel looking for something within the darkness. In front of him stands a wall bearing arms, legs and other shapes.
Mare de Deu del Remei hermitage. A vast collection of bids for grace. Ex-votos offering praise. Perhaps seeking reward.
Is an ex-voto functional?
A handle made in bronze, by lost wax casting, as an ex-voto. Door opener. An allegory to utility. Excessively long; suggesting, without evidence, a reverential demeanour.
Exvoto funcional.* → Apology to functionality/door handle’s use/shape
↓ An ex-voto is an offering
that the ancients made to
their gods, with the motive
of thanking their actions