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  • Annunciation

    An installation and two prints about the Annunciation are inspired by C15 Renaissance paintings from which I explore the symbolism of the New Testament story of the Angel Gabriel’s appearance to the Virgin Mary. In these C15 works, the scene is depicted in a typical domestic interior of the time and in many of the paintings the Angel holds a lily as a symbol of purity. I am trying to create an image which captures in a modern idiom the essence of what the Renaissance painters were saying. The Angel, the lily and the Virgin are long gone but the wood of the chair (and of the Cross) had a symbolic meaning for early Christians because it was a material of our physical world. The pollen of the lily will outlive its flower and the palaeobotanist can still excavate it. By engraving the grain of lily pollen on to the glass seat of the chair, I am trying to capture the idea of ‘looking through time’ at what was left when the angelic encounter ended. A familiar image has been deconstructed. Can these physical objects leave us with the shadow of a metaphysical event? The installation has been partly sponsored by the Arts Council England  and was first exhibited in St May's Church, Guildford in 2004 as part of an exhibition called Beyond Belief. More recently it has been expanded and exhibited at St Giles Cripplegate in the City of London. Annunciation Wood, glass, metal, paint, pencil and electric light W 122 x L 122 cms x H