Measuring to a Saint
Collagraph printed with terra cotta, porcelain, wax, waxed linen thread
5.5’ x 3’ x 10’
A familiar site in any large cathedral are rows upon rows of flickering flame. Candles are lit for and by individuals yet become part of a larger organic composition of fire burning and extinguishing as wax and wick exhaust. By the Middle Ages, candles were created equal to the length of the tomb or the height of the person being remembered. Thus, ensued the phrase “measuring to a saint”. Like the significantly abbreviated votive candles we light today, the prayer would continue as long as the candle burned.
In this piece, wax gives way to weight, a rondure falls to the ground, and we are reminded:
Earth to Earth
Ashes to Ashes
Dust to Dust