About the work:
The Three Graces or the Three Charities of ancient mythology were three sisters who attended the Goddess Aphrodite (the Goddess of Love) and bestowed beauty, charm, and grace. Eternally young and lovely, they represented charm, beauty, and human creativity, and were depicted originally holding attributes such as apples, roses, and sprigs of myrtle. Christians may have been introduced to these ideals as the theological aspirations of faith, hope and charity.
The Muses who celebrate the seasons are inspired by a particular medieval or renaissance wooden reliquary figure. These reliquary figures were originally designed to hold a bone, hair or portion of a saint empowering the sculpture as a relic of faith. I have adopted the reliquary image as a receptacle of the graces that are represented within each season. During the past year (2020) the rhythm of the passing months was marked not by travel plans and pursuits but rather by a slow dawning of the beauty and power of each season. I became more aware of my own slow-paced existence and the role nature played in my enjoyment of each day. Isolated within my own little island of home and community I turned toward nature to provide solace and inspiration. Designing, cutting and printing these Seasons of Grace offered an opportunity to meditate on simple pleasures. The grace of each season defined through Muses of charm, beauty, and human creativity.
May faith, hope, charity and wisdom continue to inspire and motivate what is best in humanity.
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