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Medieval Nightmares

Medieval Nightmares (2016), 13.5×20″ each, encaustic collage on paper.

This series is made from individual folio pages from the book European Brasses by A.C. Bouquet and Michael Waring, published by Frederick Praeger Publishers in 1967. Brasses are funerary or memorial effigies made by incising portrait images into a large sheet of metal made from a combination of cooper and zinc (called latten). They were popular from the 11th – 14th centuries in Northern central Europe, especially Flanders, Germany and France.

The brasses were permanently installed in churches and mausoleums and feature a variety of personages (vicars, church patrons, wealthy merchants, etc. and their families). I have combined these memorials that sought to assure glory for the afterlife with images of planets and solar system in a sort of mash-up of old and new cosmos.

Three of these nasties so far. All feature critters with whom you would not want to share your bed.

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July 19, 2016 at 3:33 pm

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Revolt in the Desert

RevoltThe Desert (Revolt in the Desert) (2014), book pages, tea, collage on paper, 72 x 42”

This collage is made from an Arabic-language version of TS Lawrence’s account of Arab revolt against the Ottoman Empire. The pages were torn apart, steeped in tea, dried in sunlight, and glued willy-nilly on watercolor paper. The small image of Sir Lawrence in full Bedouin attire is from the photographic illustrations. Oddly, I found an edition of this work in Arabic and in Hebrew only a few weeks apart in two different Oregon bookstores.

In homage to the Super Panavision 70 mm format of Alexander Korda’s 1962 film Lawrence of Arabia, this collage is long and narrow to mimic the image aspect ratio of 2.20:1 and the vastness of a desert horizon.

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July 10, 2016 at 5:00 pm

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