This is a series of objects that include ceramic, glass and mixed media grottoes and containers. Based on a shape derived from stylized drawings of reliquary forms and iconography done in Italy. The reliquary is a container of sacred relics and memories.
In researching revolutionary characters and events that reflect aspects of our own time, I was drawn to the story and imagery of the death of Marat. When Charlotte Corday plunged her knife into the heart of Jean-Paul Marat in July of 1793, she created one of the French Revolution’s most powerful martyr heroes. His body and memory were elevated into a ceremonial pantheon. His heart was removed and placed into a makeshift reliquary–a bejeweled urn that had once belonged to the deposed French monarchy. The reliquary served as a focal point for public ceremony and devotion. The cult of the Sacred Heart (Sacré-Coeur de Jean-Paul Marat) derived from Catholic rituals and idolization.