„N E W SAINTS“
This is a series of works to honour Gods marvellous transformation in those, he calls his children. All in process, yet in the mess already called saints. Still in the dark, but purchased and made righteous. Red as blood yet white as snow. Any darkness is still light to him. Nothing wehave ever done, it’s always been himand him crucified and glorified, that calls us up to higher places. From glory to glory. Maybe the most marvellous and hardest miracle to believe is, you are sanctified, made new.
I painted these on self prepped wood panels with oil, implementing gold leaf. Obviously I’m drawing a connection here to iconography. But my heart behind this is NOT to mock these beautiful ancient works of art that are a vital part of the devotional life of my orthodox and catholic brothers and sisters. These are not icons. I merely wanted to use the imagery to wrestle with the concept of sanctification as a believer in Jesus Christ. God calls his children saints. We are asked to be perfect just as he is perfect. And yet, we can feel far from that standard. But the beautiful, amazing thing is, it’s never about anything we would be able to do to achieve a halo. It’s never about that. It’s always just this ridiculously undeserving amazing grace.
I chose people at random. So these aren’t necessarily people that stand out as amazing human beings from an earthly perspective. I chose at random because everyone stands out as an amazing human being from a heavenly perspective.
It’s a process, and yet it’s finished. These past months I’ve been on a purposeful quest in community of stepping into our identity as children of God and the freedom that comes with every realisation of the truth of that. I wanted to show process and provoke your thoughts a little bit.
I stared with Kylie, than went on to portray the six more portrait style works and I finished with “glory to glory”. Here I really wanted to go back to draft, show beginning and possible end. It’s a piece about growth in community and individually.
Also, I’m still waiting to get professional photos taken and will upload them soon.
“Scott” oil and goldleaf on wood, Silvia Ilona Klatt, 16x20, 2018
“Glory to glory” charcoal, oil and goldleaf on wood, 24x24, Silvia Ilona Klatt, 2019