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Linocut print edition, finished with hand-painted watercolour & ink.
As the painted portion of these images are unique, the piece you receive will differ from photos, visit my website to see more examples of icon prints. Once the first edition of ten has sold future sales will be made to order.
During the reformation there was a wave of iconoclasm in Europe. Statues of Christ and of saints were sometimes left in situe but white-washed. Their heads and hands were removed; the parts that made them human, that made them relatable, the parts which were ‘in the image of God’. These disfigured forms became quiet, abstract lumps. They became blind witnesses, intended as a testament to the powerlesseness of the image, and the folly of icon veneration. Of course, these muted saints carry their own kind of power and iconography: The image is not destroyed, only mutatated.
The absence of an image is itself an image