This on-going series proposes a reflection on the theme of the icon and the status of the feminine in the contemporary world. The word "icon" has two meanings: its Greek etymology defines it as an "image", while it is used to designate a certain type of religious painting that characterizes in particular Eastern Christianism. The idea of a model or an emblematic figure is more contemporary. Inspired by Medieval art, specifically, Byzantine Icons, seen in and around Venice, this work explores the power of an image and its capacity to embody a presence, between appearance and disappearance.
The small works focus on the simplicity of the universal image, the oval.
These “accessible Icons” utilize fundamental marks and forms: line, dot, curve, to express the essence of the non-objective world. Using common everyday material: paper, boxes, mylar disposable plates, wire, hardware items and presenting them in a restrained palette of black and gold the work embodies the belief that the bridge to the divine can be accessed anywhere.
Christianity has appropriated symbols for its own purposes, with Christological significations, ex. the Cross. In addition there are universal symbols that have been used throughout art history that denote divinity, source, creation, life: oval and circle.
Throughout time these symbols have also represented fertility and creation embodying the feminine. Reduction of imagery to these most fundamental forms contrasts the rich luster of Byzantine Icons from the 14thC to create a bridge to expansive experience that is inclusive and accessible to all.
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