Florence Installations

Travels in Italy over the past decade have prompted an examination of layers of history and culture particularly as it applies to religion and objects revered by the populace. Tabernacles, shrines, and icons based on Christianity combined with the predominance of stone fortress-like buildings of Florence engendered a discussion of paganism as a forerunner of Christianity and the desire to worship natural elements. These small sculptures are at once icons and votives. Placements of the sculptures in niches found throughout Florence effectively create tabernacles or shrines that worship paganism and invade the stones of Florence with fragments of nature.