Virtues and Vices

Sisters of the Hell's Mouth
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Virtues and Vices

My chosen materials inspired this series: egg tempera and gold leaf. I had desired to create a series that used the medieval techniques of the icon painters. In my research, I found myself drawn towards traditional themes of Catholic iconography and twisting it to incorporate my own thoughts and views. While I had little struggle working with themes that are familiar to me, such as sorrow and passion, I had to work to force myself towards the lighter virtues of human nature. Hope, mercy, and charity are a challenge to reveal without making work that was insipid. In the end, I found that I could include an element of the subjects opposite quality, thus reflecting what it is to be human. This duality in our nature, no light without dark and no dark without light, reflects the consequences in choosing a path.