Church of Ra…
C H van Eeckhout

Amenra have been on the CVLT Nation radar for a while now, with their indescribable sound, but until recently we hadn’t fully explored the artistic side of the band. Amenra’s members are a part of an artist, craftsman and musician collective known as the Church of Ra, creating art as individuals and as a group, working on projects like the Church of Ra book and the Church of Ra DVD, as well as installations. Amenra‘s vocalist is C H van Eeckhout, and his individual creations have deeply inspired us here at CVLT Nation. His ‘Calvary’ sculptures consist of found crows’ carcasses, nailed ceremoniously to wooden crosses Eeckhout bought at a Belgian monastery, and crow claws bound in twisting shapes. There is something so dark and disturbing and yet glorious in these sculptures; they anthropomorphize the animal on a profound level, and to me, the demonstrate the hypocrisy of a religion that would sacrifice both animal and human for a profit. The Church of Ra installation, ‘The banquet of St. Lucas,’ was conceived and directed by van Eeckhout for the Church of Ra DVD, and it was set in the cellar of a Ghent monastery, St. Lucas. The photographs for Amenra’s artwork for live visuals were all taken by van Eeckhout, and they take the viewer into the dark and misty histories that their music evokes. After the jump, see what I’m talking about…

C H van Eeckhout, ‘Calvary’
Photos by Stefaan Temmerman

Church of Ra installation/film – ink on poplar, ‘The Banquet of St. Lucas’
Photos by Stefaan Temmerman

Amenra visuals
Photos by C H van Eeckhout

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Meghan MacRae grew up in Vancouver, Canada, but spent many years living in the remote woods. Living in the shadow of grizzly bears, cougars and the other predators of the wilderness taught her about the dark side of nature, and taught her to accept her place in nature's order as their prey. She is co-founder of CVLT Nation webzine and clothing.

  • great fine art in it’s dark form