Industrial Madonna

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Industrial Madonna mixed media painting

Modern Madonna collage painting

This art historical, religion inspired mixed media painting is a throwback to my Bachelor of Fine Art graduating show circa 1997. I was into figurative collages, using heavy texture and metallic paint, spray paint, tar, modelling paste, metal objects and drawings on photographs. The size of this piece is 4 x 5 feet.

I took a photo of my friend and projected the image across a canvas with a photographic emulsion using traditional darkroom techniques. I then shifted the image to cut her off at the neck and pick up the frame below. If you look closely, you will find small metal automotive parts embedded into the surface of the canvas.

This piece is part of a series exploring the theme of religious art in an industrial age, evolving women’s roles, and the impact of photography on painting.

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