Cardinal Knowledge

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Cardinal Knowledge
(40cm x 70cm / 16" x 28") This collage can only be seen as an attack on clerical abuse. Black and white images are highlighted with red-hued ones. At the top, the spider-like web of the spines of a cathedral apse is overlaid onto the Papal tiara. An implement of torture wraps around a fragile violin frame containing the lower body of a child. Repeated child abuse is targeted metaphorically by hands counting sheets of paper in a ream that covers the sex of the child. At the bottom, between hands holding up stockings, is a bowl of dismembered doll parts next to a discarded collar. To the lower right, a Cardinal blends into a fur-wrapped Marlene Dietrich. His mitre mocks the imprisoned life of nuns. Nuns are featured throughout the composition. Disturbing images abound, but, as shown at the top, seasons come and go with migrating ducks while tension builds in the slow-moving rose-colored teeth of judicial gears.
Posted on June 23, 2013

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