Jill Bedgood has created a mixed media installation, Deadly Sins/ Worldly Virtues, that explores contemporary issues as they relate to today’s society and some of the seven deadly sins. Her small bronze sculpture titled Tiara for Fashionable Causes reflects society’s need to receive recognition and acknowledgment for doing good works. The needy causes of the day must be rewarded appropriate Hollywood glamour; her tiara symbolizes this need to be “crowned with power and recognition.”
Bedgood’s installation made of a hair-shaped crown of thorns mounted on a white cloth is titled Tonsure (the word means a shaved crown or patch worn by clerics, a symbol of devotion) is similar to the famous religious icon Veronica’s Veil. Bedgood uses these religious icons, like the crown of thorns and communion hosts to communicate contemporary interpretations of religious symbols. She uses words with dual meaning to title her works and to explore today’s issues that point to the sins of Indulge/Indulgences.
Bedgood’s installations demand the viewer’s explorations and participation in her work by compelling the viewer to look at the objects and installation arrangement carefully to gain interpretation. The objects she uses in the exhibit, as well as the words are deliberately ambiguous, enabling viewers to have multiple interpretations. In her installation pieces, Bedgood “contemplates the aberrations of human behavior and the capacity of humankind for evil.”