Work in Progress
I am currently finishing and framing a set of “Icon” paintings while at the same time starting work on a new series. The focus of new work is the Great Whore of Babylon. This began as a request for a cover for a religious publication (Spectrum) – for an up-coming issue with a feature on Revelation 17. The work on the cover subesquently led in a variety of directions, including sketches for paintings/digital prints and a set of gifs/short video clips.
This theme – i.e. the Black Madonna – has gone through a number of iterations (as I continue to work with it). Attentive viewers will be aware of the tradition of the Black Madonnas; as mentioned above, the “blackness” seems to signify her association with the Dionysian side of creation. In this respect she has a clear relationship with Isis, Persephone, Nut (Egyptian goddess of the night), Ishtar etc. (I am inclined to see also consider “Alice” as one of the Goddesses of the Underworld.)
Currently on the Easel
As work on the Great Whore of Babylon and other projects continues in my digital studio, I also continue to work on several paintings (oil/acrylic on canvas). The one on the right is perhaps 2/3 finished; it is based in part on a painting by Crivelli (Italian painter from the 1400s); the one on the left is in its earliest stages.