Deposition III

A couple of new pieces regarding the collapse of morals in an age of hedonistic fervor. Ha ha. No, not really.

Deposition III: Everything Great is Happening Somewhere Else_ gold leaf and pigment on paper_ 30x22 in

Deposition III: Everything Great is Happening Somewhere Else_ gold leaf and pigment on paper_ 30×22 in

These are pieces about isolation from narrative, a fragmented figure extracted or expunged from context.

I have been using an art historical image (not to be revealed here) in order to create these works. I was originally struck by the interaction of the figures and their stark contrast as a way to consider narrative drama. By isolating and pushing the value to an extreme the shapes abstract, yet remain symbolically recognizable.

Deposition III: When I Arrive I Won't Know Anyone_ gold leaf and pigment on paper_ 30x22 in

Deposition III: When I Arrive I Won’t Know Anyone_ gold leaf and pigment on paper_ 30×22 in

The background is simply a geometric pattern taken from the directional pose of the figures and multiplied.  In many ways the overlaying and fading of the pattern is merely the ‘noise’ of the original painting’s background, which was filled with people rending clothes, wailing, and gnashing teeth. I have imposed order and flatness through the repetition of the pattern with a gradient of contrast.  This background now acts as an optical device both distracting and enhancing the stillness of the figure/shape while implying a vertical movement, such as ascension or descension.

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