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 system of the museum display. This initial group of paintings are derived from source images I originally photographed in the Crypt in the Medici Chapel in Florence, Italy.
I have been fascinated by the macabre beauty and strangeness represented in these intricate embellished devotional sculptural objects, I find these reliquaries present an intriguing subject that can question issues surrounding belief, faith and our value systems. The preciousness of the materials, combined with the detailed craftsmanship and refractive qualities of the gold, silver and crystal combined with venerable display of these intimate objects certainly heighten their mystery, presenting an intricate, rich and detailed surface that I find fascinating, beautiful and challenging to paint.