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Caritas, 2013

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Size: 45x45"

Media: Acrylic ink on vellum

This work is painted by hand with a tiny paintbrush without the assistance of rulers of any kind. I made it during a silent retreat while living at the Art Monastery in Labro, Italy. The Artmonks who lived there yearround brought in two Jesuit priests to lead us in a week of silently contemplating monastic rule. We were engaging in this study in order to further develop the Art Monastery’s own monastic rule. (For more information about my monumental life-as-art social sculpture, please visit artmonastery.org.)

About the title

It was a powerful week for me and for hours each day, after studying the Rule of St Benedict, I would paint with that in my heart. One of the words that came up quite a lot was Caritas, which I translate as community. This painting is about the experience of living in community, intentionally and aiming the collective life at higher ideals.

About the materials

This is painted on vellum, a translucent synthetic paper. It is mounted with two strips of clear framing at the top and bottom such that, while it is not framed, it is ready to hang as is. It will reveal the color of whatever it is front of. One time I installed it hanging from a rafter as a room divider. The light from the windows flowing through it was remarkable.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me to explore the different possibilities for installing this special piece.

It is also available as a premium-quality print.

Caritas

This premium print is a reproduction of the full original painting, which I made the original painting freehand with a tiny paintbrush while on silent retreat in Labro, Italy, at the Art Monastery.

This work is painted free hand with a tiny paintbrush. I made it during a silent retreat while living at the Art Monastery in Labro, Italy. The Artmonks who lived there yearround brought in two Jesuit priests to lead us in a week of silently contemplating monastic rule. We were engaging in this study in order to further develop the Art Monastery’s own monastic rule. (For more about my monumental life-as-artwork, visit artmonastery.org)

About the title

It was a powerful week for me and for hours each day, after studying the Rule of St Benedict, I would paint with that in my heart. One of the words that came up quite a lot was Caritas, which I translate as community. This painting is about the experience of living in community, intentionally and aiming the collective life at higher ideals.

Also available:

  • the original painting (see the tab above and to the right)
  • premium print of another detail called Caritas, Earth
  • premium print of another detail called Caritas, Sky

The original painting is acrylic ink on vellum, 45x45".

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