Monthly Archives: October 2014

WHATS YOUR SIN??

In AD 590, two centuries after Evagrius wrote his list, Pope Gregory I revised this list to the more common Seven Deadly Sins, by folding (sorrow/despair/despondency) into acedia, vain glory into pride, and adding envy. – repeated by Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) centuries later in The Divine Comedy, as follows:

1  luxuria (lechery/lust)
2  gula (gluttony)
3  avaritia (avarice/greed)
4  acedia (sloth/discouragement)
5  ira (wrath)

6  invidia (envy)
7  superbia (pride)

I, the artist, am guilty of sins numbers 1, 2, 3 & 5, not 4, 6 & 7 of the Bible’s Seven Deadly Sins. These are explored for myself and for others in the form of woodcuts because of their medieval style, carved small then blown-up larger.  It is hard to represent literal abstractions when seeking a more subjective or penitent form of working in art as prayer that feels both for the material used as well as for the imagery, representational and abstract. I avoid a cartoon form and the literary obvious, while, at the same time, seeking an iconic representation that is meaningful to me. As every artist knows, art is a wrestle between private and public language. Art is not predominantly about is easily defined in words. The seven deadly sins are difficult for anyone to define because they imply confessing our personal failings, and our society’s failings generally, and they remain open to ambiguity and reinterpretation.

ACEDIA - SLOTH AVARATIA - TOAD GULA -  PRIDE INVIDIA - ENVY IR - GLUTTONY SUPERBIA - WRATHLUXURIA - LUST

 

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