Looking at the symbolism of hair in scripture and how it relates to death, to power, ornamentation and ultimately to glory.
The 20th century has both wielded an absolute assault on Christianity and its artistic tradition, but in the darkest moment, a few flames were lit, and the traditions were reborn, spawning a new liturgical art which is flowering and still gaining strength today.
We all intuitively feel that the ring of power on LOTR is intuitively right as a magic object, but what binds its aspects together to make it so fascinating? Why is it a ring, why does it make invisible, why does it participate in a dark hierarchy of power?
Andrew Gould is an architectural designer and liturgical artist with whom I often collaborate. His work is rich in an exploration of traditional principles coupled with an attention to the particularities of context as well as a hint of fantasy. I explore his approach to creation and his worldview.
Interpreting the nursery rhyme of Little Jack Horner and showing how it contains deep symbolic structures relating to Christmas and the winter solstice.
The symbolism of the Christmas tree can help us not only to understand the tree itself, but also understand how symbolism works.
The Nativity icon, is not only the image of an event that happened two thousands years ago, but rather by its form and the hierarchy of its elements, shows us the inner working of how the Divine Logos creates the world and how His incarnation acts as the anchor, the fulcrum around which all manifestation holds together.
The symbolism of extra-terrestrial life follows ancient mythical and symbolic structures of how the world lays itself out between known and unknown.
The imagery of the Mother of God is explored, its development in the history of the Church and how it relates to understanding the symbolic patterns of reality.
The traditional icon of the last judgement is a very complex image which is both the synthesis of Christian typology as well as an image of the eschatological finality of all things. It is basically an image of the structure of reality.