‘Passion no. 2’

Ikonic Mixed-Media Construction/ Combined Process on Wood and Metal,
18”h x 14”w x 2.5”d

My artwork, ‘Image : Seed of Divine Life’ (Ikonic Mixed-Media Construction) along with its counterpart ‘Auracourt’,  both simultaneously came into this world, completed in 2003. Now looking back, together they represent a significant personal achievement or milestone in my overall lifetime creative output.  The realization of these works, and especially ‘Image : Seed of Divine Life’, literally almost pushed me over the edge, but I believe that the end result speaks for itself. The inner workings, complexities, personal creative dialogue in the construction of this piece, for me were akin to that of navigating in a tiny raft with a paddle board through some dangerous rocks, with swift and treacherous currents. Somehow, I emerged the better for it - safely on the other side.  

At a key juncture in composing this work, I arrived with the ‘Mother and Child’ motif and a lot of dead space that simply was not working. Only after my ceasing all further work on ‘Image : …’ for a season of much needed personal deliberation, was I then able to boldly resume work on the piece, without any hesitation. Working largely intuitively, while simply trusting the dialogue between ‘the process’ and my ‘own internal promptings’… I began to whittle away, carefully cutting out and removing in small stages,  entire sections of the image.. Soon, the new ‘dynamic’ shape that was emerging took on a life of it’s own, suggesting a once the symbolism of the organic growth of the tree (outwardly) and the  (inward) internal cross-section of the birth canal of the Holy Virgin. The image reveals something of the miraculous, invisible processes taking place in  the womb, as it has been touched by the miracle of the Virgin Birth, by the Holy Spirit. Because, all of my artworks are of a ‘sacred nature’, a modern solution of merely pinning or hanging the art onto the wall, simply would not do!  It became quite clear to me some time ago, that such sacred works necessitated the construction of a surrounding, all encompassing, enveloping, nurturing, protective ‘house’ – made with wood and wrapped with metal. In the case of ‘Image : …’,  the  golden ethereal, near-byzantine quality of light, emanating from within - demanded an equally grand treatment of the surrounding metal frame. For one, the myriad of (precious) golden nails, especially along the front lip of the rim,  speaks of a joyful devotional love for the processes of art making as well as a tribute ‘to the giver of the gift’ who makes it all possible.       

Saint Eustace Fine Art

Sacred Voices

A thought provoking work from the SACRED VOICES exhibition – Artist Statement:

[Here the body of Christ is brought down from the Cross (or ‘Tree of Sin and Shame’) to be laid to rest in the tomb of the rich man. The combined elements of a poignantly ominous dark medieval sky; traces of organic growth and the expanding movement of emotive patterns of concentric circles, work in unison – reverberating throughout the heavens the grim weight of tragedy in the all pervasive still silent witness… and yet, the soon revealed ‘hope’ – now inscrutably hidden within this moment].

Sacred Voices : On view from December 5th, 2013 – March 2nd, 2014

Curated by: Michele Waalkes

Bruce Herman : 'Second Adam'

Oil on wood with silver and gold leaf; polyptych, 125" x 155"

    Medieval Craft Meets Modern Spiritual Vision in Monumental Pages From the First Handwritten, Illustrated Bible in More Than 500 Years

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 7, 2013, Canton, Ohio — Ancient inks, calligraphy, 24-karat gold leaf and more than 12 years of artistic and spiritual meditation come together in Illuminating the Word: The Saint John’s Bible, a monumental exhibition opening December 5, 2013, at the Canton Museum of Art. The Saint John’s Bible is the first handwritten and illuminated (illustrated / decorated) Bible to be commissioned by a Benedictine monastery in more than 500 years — all 73 books of the Old and New Testaments presented in seven volumes of 1,127 pages — produced using entirely medieval techniques and materials. This magnificent exhibit features 68 original manuscript pages in 34 displays, and is the first touring exhibit to show pages from all completed volumes.  Also on display will be the tools, sketches and materials used to create the work, as well as rare books to help to tell the story of this vast creation. The exhibition will remain on view through March 2, 2014.

Illuminating the Word: The Saint John’s Bible will share exhibition space with Sacred Voices, an original contemplative exhibit featuring artwork by “People of the Book.” Sacred Voices showcases contemporary work by artists from around the country inspired by Christian, Jewish and Muslim faith. Imagery and artistry combine to offer fresh perspectives on religious texts, narratives and traditions. “Sacred Voices” is curated by Michele Waalkes, a Malone University visual arts lecturer.

 The “Sacred Voices” exhibition examines how faith can inform and inspire artists in their work, whether their work is symbolic, pictorial, or textual in nature. It further explores how present-day artwork can lead audiences to ponder God, religious themes, venerated traditions, or spiritual insights.
A diverse selection of media — including calligraphy, wood and metal, digital media, watercolor, photography, oil, block prints, plaster, mixed media, mineral pigments and gold, acrylic, gouache and Japanese stone ink, jewelry, ceramics, and video installation — are incorporated into the exhibit. Over 30 artists are represented, from Australia, Austria, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

‘Image : Seed of Divine Life’

Ikonic Mixed-Media Construction/ Combined Process on Wood and Metal,
24”h x 19”w x 3”d