Aaron Bezzina’s work Untitled (cruci-hammer and nail) is exhibited in CHAPTER Ħ – US AND THEM.
Aaron Bezzina (b. 1991) earned a BA (with honors) in fine arts at MCAST Institute for the Creative Arts in 2014 and completed an MFA in digital arts at the Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences, University of Malta, in 2016. Bezzina has been exhibiting work both locally and overseas for several years. In 2015 he was awarded a residency by the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg. During the summer of 2016 he undertook a traineeship with the cultural association for the arts Nuova Icona in Venice. Although Bezzina’s work inclines toward the sculptural, he is also interested in other media that encourage meaning making and further associative actions.
Untitled (cruci-hammer and nail), bronze, wood, 2016 consists of two entities functioning in tandem. Bezzina’s sculpture is an object that marries the Catholic symbol of the crucifix and a hammer. As a result, it is neither a hammer nor a crucifix, or perhaps, it is simultaneously both. Religion is reconfigured as a tool with aggressive undertones. The sculpture combines the sacred and the irreverent in a single space of meditation: the cruci-hammer hangs on a nail driven into a wall just as an ordinary hammer would be stored on a tool wall.