My solo show, Swan Songs, is inspired by my obsession with the work of the 20th-century Austrian painter, Egon Schiele, whose career lasted less than a decade.
The Spanish flu outbreak after WWI took not only his life, but the life of his wife, Edith, three days before his own.
Egon and Edith were married a century ago in 1915. They are the couple that you see on these mixed-media paintings on paper.
A paraphrase of Gustav Klimt’s Kiss, Egon Schiele’s provocative piece violates clerical moral codes in the scandalous embrace of a nun and Cardinal.
Here, I’ve recreated two figures hugging in Klimt’s Tree of Life and reinterpreted them as the Cardinal and Nun based on Egon Schiele’s work.
The couple is made of found and cut-up wine, beer and liquor boxes and the nun holds a found vintage rosary.