Evoking the standing statues of Babylonian priest-kings, Bierenbroodspot creates a golden offering for the gods, the Worshipper, his head thrown back in ecstatic contemplation, hands clasped in silent prayer. She adorns him with lapis lazuli, the rich blue paint ground from ‘the stone of heaven’. Later, she converts the clay of the earth into bronze. As helmeted men (and women) pour glowing molten metal from the crucible, the magic happens – a statue of divine grace and strength comes into being.
Photography by Studio Fong Leng