Rapture: an edition of four suites in twelve motifs:

Small Matters, Time and the Bell, Apotheosis, Memento


The works in this edition explore my personal relationship with nature and reflect on time and the value of human touch. They share the visual device of a halo form, an archaic signifier of glory and a vehicle with which I explore the idea of contemporary exaltation. In adopting this form I also draw from the symbolic lexicon of my own catholic upbringing and apply it instead to the secular experience, exalting nature and honoring direct human connection in an increasingly virtual world. I exploit the material value associated with gold to celebrate the worth and beauty of the natural world.


The process begins and ends with the hand, starting with line drawings of my own hand and of natural organisms from which I generated custom 3-D printed forms. These forms were used to emboss handmade papers pigmented in cream, blue, mushroom, and pink. I then manipulated the reverse of the embossed areas by hand, intensifying their definition and expression, and gilded the raised surfaces with gold leaf from 12 to 24 karats.




Small Matters
2023
Handmade cotton paper, 23 karat red gold leaf
21 x 18 inches
Small Matters
2023
Handmade cotton paper, 22 karat gold leaf
21 x 18 inches
Small Matters
2023
Handmade cotton paper, 12 karat gold leaf
21 x 18 inches
Small Matters
2023
Handmade cotton paper, 23 karat gold leaf
21 x 18 inches
Small Matters
2023
Handmade cotton paper, 23 karat red gold leaf
21 x 18 inches
Small Matters
2023
Handmade cotton paper, 23 karat red gold leaf
21 x 18 inches
Small Matters
2023
Handmade cotton paper, 22 karat gold leaf
21 x 18 inches
Small Matters
2023
Handmade cotton paper, 12 karat gold leaf
21 x 18 inches
Time and the Bell
2023
Handmade cotton paper, 23 karat red gold leaf
21 x 18 inches
Time and the Bell
2023
Handmade cotton paper, 12 karat gold leaf
21 x 18 inches
Time and the Bell
2023
Handmade cotton paper, 12 karat gold leaf
21 x 18 inches
Time and the Bell
2023
Handmade cotton paper, 12 karat gold leaf
21 x 18 inches
Time and the Bell
2023
Handmade cotton paper, 23 karat red gold leaf
21 x 18 inches
Time and the Bell
2023
Handmade cotton paper, 23 karat red gold leaf
21 x 18 inches
Time and the Bell
2023
Handmade cotton paper, 23.75 karat gold leaf
21 x 18 inches
Apotheosis
2023
Handmade cotton paper, 23.75 karat rose gold leaf
24 x 18 inches
Apotheosis
2023
Handmade cotton paper, 22 karat gold leaf
24 x 18 inches
Apotheosis
2023
Handmade cotton paper, 23 karat red gold leaf & 12 karat gold leaf
24 x 18 inches
Apotheosis
2023
Handmade cotton paper, 23 karat red gold leaf
24 x 18 inches
Memento
2023
Handmade cotton paper, 13 karat red gold leaf
24 x 18 inches
Memento
2023
Handmade cotton paper, 12 karat gold leaf
24 x 18 inches
Memento
2023
Handmade cotton paper, 12 karat gold leaf
24 x 18 inches
Apotheosis
2023
Handmade cotton paper, 23 karat red gold leaf
24 x 18 inches
Apotheosis
2023
Handmade cotton paper, 23.75 karat gold leaf
24 x 18 inches
Memento
2023
Handmade cotton paper, 22 karat gold leaf
24 x 18 inches
Memento
2023
Handmade cotton paper, 23 karat red gold leaf
24 x 18 inches
Memento
2023
Handmade cotton paper, 23 karat moon gold leaf & 12 karat gold leaf
24 x 18 inches
Memento
2023
Handmade cotton paper, 23 karat moon gold leaf & 12 karat gold leaf
24 x 18 inches