Diabase and goldleaf
32 cm (height) x 20 cm (width) x 21 cm (length)
I keep returning to ancient icons, struck by their impact. Etymologically, the word icon can be traced to the Greek word ’eoika’, which means to resemble. The deﬁnition of the concept as told by Aristotle and Plato was ”visualization”, or “eye of the mind” The traditional Byzantine and Orthodox icons are conceptualizing: It is the holy thought of the saint that is portrayed. It is this, that interests me. It is the idea of the icon beyond the religious perspective, the idea of portraying a thought or a mindset, that this is about. In the history of civilizations throughout the world, the absolute majority of artworks produced has been of religious nature.
According to old Christian and Buddhist procedure of creating an Icon, the artist works in a strict framework in which he or she has a certain individual freedom. The true artwork is the passionate and dedicated process. The sentiment of the artist becomes the corpus of the sculpture. To study these old values is to pay a visit in the big world beyond conventions of contemporary ofﬁcial culture. This work aims to bring forgotten focus and reﬁnement back into memory.