Reflecting on Reliquaries, 2020 - 2021
From The Museum Studies Series
This series of recent paintings expands my exploration of representing images of artifacts and artworks layered through the systems of the institutional display. I am fascinated by the macabre beauty and strangeness represented in these beautiful, intricate, devotional sculptural objects. I find reliquaries present an intriguing subject that can question issues surrounding belief, faith, and our value systems. The preciousness of the materials is enhanced by the detailed craftsmanship and refractive qualities of the polished gold, silver, and rock crystal. The venerable display of these intimate objects contributes to heighten their mystery, combining to create rich, highly detailed, reflective intricate surfaces that I find beautiful and fascinating, as well as a challenging motif to paint.