Photomontage Series: The Sacrifice

This series has several intentions.
At its simplest, the imagery retells Irish tales I listened to and read growing-up. On another level, the work comments on mid-twentieth century religion.

The work is available individually or as as a series, in various sizes. Images are mounted on birch panels, with gold/silver leaf, paint, and other media applied.
The Communicant
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Photomontage Diptych, Part 2. When the uninvited guest attempted to receive communion, it burst into an angry fireball and pitched backwards out into the street, never to be seen again.
After the Sacrifice
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Photomontage Diptych, Part 1. A tale of an uninvited guest that interrupted a Catholic Mass. Gusting through the entry, the figure made his way to the altar.
The Fishmonger and the Demon Cat
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An Irish fable retold in photomontage. When a pious fishmonger took pity on a cat and brought it to her hearth, the creature transposed into a demon, wreaking havoc on her household.
The Coming, Bluebird
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A reference to Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty. This collage reveals the darker side of the rescue: An entanglement of cables alluding to dependence on a male saviour, while the dominant figure looms over the couple. A passive blue bird observes.
When You Wish
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A reference to the animated Cinderella fairy tale, this photomontage references how Church and 1950's conventions worked against young girls' independence and psyche.
The First and The Holy
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A photomontage of a young girl’s First Holy Communion. The picture plane is littered with symbols of Catholic iconography, grim sacrifice, the siren of blind acceptance, and the suggestion of chance.
The Greyhound
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Paddy McDermid, a ne'er-do-well in an Irish fable, dreams a pot of gold is buried in a fairy rath. Despite being surrounded by the ring of holy water, he is outwitted by the fairies' protector-hound.
The Innocents
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This photomontage/mixed media image contemplates innocence. An homage to Francis Bacon's iconic Pope Innocent X dominates the imagery, but transgresses into a symbol of Papal authority over its flock.
The Selkie Returns to the Sea
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Based on the Gaelic story of a sea creature who ventured ashore to assume human form. Since the selkie set her pelt aside, a fisherman found and concealed it, thus obligating her to marry him. In the photomontage, a female has discovered the pelt, and instantly returns to the sea, abandoning hearth, husband, and children.
The Banshee
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The Banshee is not intrinsically an evil spirit; its cries are portents of imminent death, thus the Irish fear its prophecy. This photomontage is autobiographical. The night I dreamt of a child dying in my arms, I awoke only to learn someone close to me died in an accident that same evening.
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