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There is something very moving about sitting in a church and experiencing the many layers of prayer - grief and joy, beginnings and endings, faith and belief; belonging and witnessing.

Indeed, “I am the Light” and “The Light of the World” are allegories for divine identity and purpose.

In this body of work, I have chosen to capture light in an orb or enclosure to further echo the sense of holding something precious yet ethereal.  I have also brought in elements of gilding /golden light and fragments of colour, spilling through stained glass windows onto stone.

I was also captivated by the effect of movement outside (a figure walking by; wind blowing through trees) on stained glass as viewed from within. It almost adds a film-like, animation flicker - spooky!

 

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Small image 1 (left): 'Lightkissedstone 1'
Monoprint; acrylic medium on heavy watercolour paper


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Small image 2 (right): 'Shadowglass2'
Monoprint; acrylic medium on heavy watercolour paper
 
Large image: 'We are the light'
Acrylic, marker and oil pastel on heavy watercolour paper


I know that somewhere (unless it was lost in the Great Laptop Disaster of 2017) I have better images of stained glass light bleeding onto stone ... but look how the light can make things look bleached out or smokey -


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I love the extreme vividness of colour given a boot of light coming through - amazing - and the jumble of paint remnants on scrapers have a similar fragmenty-vitality here ...
 

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This is my favourite - that blur of green on stone ... is it real or imagined? Honestly - that is light and not a scribble!


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