Stu Herring's artistic practice, known as Industrial Spiritualism, explores the idea of seeking enlightenment or freedom within non-spiritual societies. He engages in self-made ritualistic tasks, ceremonies, and meditations inspired by spiritual practitioners, and also incorporates manual labour into his works as a form of meditation.
Herring draws on his North East England heritage, a region known for its industrial ingenuity, but now facing the decline of service industry capitalism and a sense of monotony. He seeks to create an industrial occultism that merges zen and existential practices, reflecting on the grim reality of our world and the potential consequences of our collective decision making that may lead to mass extinction. Through his art, Herring presents a means to confront these challenges and potentially find glory in sacrifice.
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