Fallen from Grace.

Mary Watson

The work is interested in the notion of success and its fragility; its institutionalisation and its corruption. I am fascinated by the idolisation of figures who have gained ‘celebrity statuses’ or ‘national acclaim’, moved to positions of untouchable success they are able to mask their failures. 

I have created shrines memorialising these lost idols. Which once considered, illustrate their failings, question the institutions that created them and mourn all that was lost for those who followed devoutly.

Lance Armstrong, Seven time Tour de France Champion. Stripped of all victories in 2012 after it was proven Armstrong had taken performance enhancing drugs throughout his career.

Sir James Wilson Vincent ‘Jimmy’ Savile, OBE. Radio DJ, TV presenter and Charity Fundraiser. After death in 2011 found to be predatory sex offender.

Mother Teresa, to be sainted on the 4th Sept 2016. Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. Founder of the Missionaries of Charity, a religious order dedicated to the care of the “poorest of the poor”. Yet to widely fall, however associated with dubious political figures, while The Missionaries of Charity provides poor care to the sick and dying, despite being one of the wealthiest charities in the world.

Sir Fred Goodwin, OBE, Chief Executive of Royal Bank of Scotland 2001-2009, Stripped of Knighthood in 2012 after aiding Britain into the financial crash.


Exhibited as a part of Electric City, Hidden Doors Festival 2016.

Photography courtesy of Austin McCowan