I may be the only artist in the world making icons of the saints out of cut paper. Of course, it’s a big world out there, so I can’t say for sure.
And I can’t say the idea came to me as any sort of great inspiration, but simply from the combination of three important things in my life: My Catholic faith; my interest in making art out of cut paper; and a great appreciation for Byzantine art, especially the large-scale colorful mosaics that have adorned the walls of Eastern Orthodox churches for centuries
What has come out of this mix is an ongoing series of Catholic icons in a new medium, employing artistic conventions and motifs that are very traditional, yet shaped and combined in original ways that do not necessarily follow traditional rules.
Cut paper is not a strictly two-dimensional medium, but I have found that the different layers, textures and surface treatments of my work do come through quite well in a good quality art print, preserving the character of the orginal to a high degree.
Although these icons are innovative and non-traditional in some ways, and may be appreciated simply as art, they are certainly traditional in the sense that they are made as specifically religious objects—as icons have been made since the beginning. They may be used in the home—to evoke the presence of a favorite saint and to aid devotions; at church—in offices, classrooms, and halls; in parochial schools or religious education classes—as a tool to teach about the Church and her saints; or anywhere a picture may be placed to remind us how the grace of God is available always and everywhere to sanctify human life.
Look for new icons to appear evry three months or so.