The Light Series
The Light Series is made up of twelve life-sized figures of religious leaders. Viewers encounter them on equal-footing, turning authorities into approachable dialogue partners. The arrangement of the figures also embodies dialogue. People who once turned away from one another, now stand together, open to a different future.
Instead of a canvas, the artist creates her portraits on sheets of laser-cut Perspex. She uses silkscreen prints for her subjects’ faces and then colours their clothing with acrylics, applied in thin layers to the back of the Perspex. This time-consuming process recalls reverse glass painting, practiced in many cultures from ancient Byzantium to India. Each figure is backed with live-edge Perspex, radiating light like a prism. No special lighting is required to make the figures glint and glow. Light, and hope, emanates from these encounters.