1. The Icons (1) – pencil, acrylic, ink on paper; 12 x 13 in.
2. The Icons (11) – pencil, acrylic, ink on paper; 11 x 14 in.
I once saw some large sculptures at Navy Pier in Chicago. The sculptures seemed to have a special presence. I thought they could be employed in a satisfying ritualistic practice that did not require belief in god or in anything spiritual. They could be contemplated, adored, and caressed without signifying any particular meaning. They also had the advantage of not having been used to impose beliefs upon others through war or harassing conversion.
I made many drawings of people engaging in various ways with them, sometimes altering the appearance of the sculptures. Finally I added a few mathematical symbols in the background as a nod to rationality.
© Mary King