Sunday, January 2, 2011

The Annunciation

This picture took a lot of rescuing and restoring to get it to a presentable quality. It's yet another of my "religious" abstractions, representing Catholic concepts in symbolic form. This one is my version of the "Annunciation," where the Archangel Gabriel visits the Virgin Mary to announce to her that she will bear the Christ Child. I represented the message of Gabriel as flames coming down to Earth, the light blue circle. After all, Christian doctrine says that Christ would redeem the whole world, so it was a planetary event. Many imaginative Christians have wondered whether Christ was incarnated on other worlds, too.

This was done the same way as the other abstractions, color-coated paper cut and glued together on a piece of illustration board. The shiny copper flame shape did not come out on the photograph, it just looked black. So I did a bit of photoshop simulation to make it appear as shiny metallic foil.
"The Annunciation" is colored paper collage on illustration board, 12" x 9", March 1987.

1 comment:

emikk said...

flame on! Virgin Mary!