"On Earth as they are in Heaven" is a collection of works inspired by the traditional religious icons of Byzantium and Greece. Raised in the Catholic tradition, I always connected strongly with religious art, particularly the icon. On arrival to Santa Fe 5 years ago, my dormant christianity mingled with the deep rooted christian traditions here to wake in me the discussion this work is about-the plausibility and credibility of orthodoxy. Teetering between parody and tribute, this exhibition is a collection of newly realized "icons" plucked from our contemporary frame of celebrity references, including politics, art, film and fiction. Inexplicably drawn to the collage process since adolescence, these works distill together my interest in painting, pattern, silkscreen and original or adapted photography. I use acrylic, latex, enamel, metal foil, lacquer and digitally manipulated photography, on linen on panel.
My arts education was received at both The Cleveland Institute of Art and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts.
(Image: Tom Mason-Mancuso; Courtesy of the Artist and Center for Contemporary Art)