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Dad (Crucifixion, with Lesli and Gussie)Mom (Crucifixion, with David and Rachel)St. Bubbie of Miami Beach, Patron saint of bagels, Bubbies and the disabledSt. Stella in Robe, Patron saint of immigrants, the oppressed, survival, storytellers and clairvoyantsSt. Alice the Duke of Fun, Patron saint of cats and human rightsSt. Chris the Art Lover, Patron saint of Miami and the underprivilegedSt. Manos of Newports, Patron saint of New Jersey and ecstasySt. Lisa of Excess, Patron saint of young girls and the insaneSt. Howie of 10th Street (left), Patron saint of sexual temptation, motherhood, and unconditional love

St. Noelle of 10th Street (right), Patron saint of optimism and childhoodSt. Jordan with Book, Patron saint of writers, travelers and fidelitySt. Will of the Whooly Sweater, Patron saint of the ridiculed for piety and contemplationSt. Zach of Fluorescents,
Patron saint of New York, hip-hop and lox
St. Cliff of the Purim Party,
Patron saint of visionaries, charisma and chaos
St. Janet of Canvas and Oil,
Patron saint of artists and unmarried women
St. Elinor of the Long Skirts, Patron saint of penitence and fertilitySt. Mike of the Drums,
Patron saint of musicians, acceptance and calm
St. Misha with Tea,
Patron saint of Russia, creativity and community
St. Will of Indifference,
Patron saint of first love, heartbreak and pool players
St. Damien of Office Gossip
Patron saint of models and homosexuals
St. Nicole of Birthday Blues, Patron saint of friendship between womenSt. Robby, Patron saint of humor, insomniacs and brotherhoodSt. Muss, the Dark Angel,
Patron saint of rockstars
Installation View, Hub-Bub Artist-in-Residence Entrance ShowInstallation View, Hub-Bub Artist-in-Residence Entrance ShowInstallation View, Hub-Bub Artist-in-Residence Entrance Show
Icon Paintings
These 23 icon paintings reflect a completed series, executed from 2006-2007. In 2005, I moved to Greece temporarily. I was immediately fascinated by the role the Greek Orthodox iconography plays in the lives of the Greeks. To them, the icons occupy the space that a living person would. The icons have a presence not just in religious spaces, but also in businesses and homes.

In Santorini, I met an icon painter who briefly demonstrated his process. He explained that icon painting, though straightforward in its readability, is actually the first example of conceptual art, as it is not the person being depicted, but the idea of the person. It took centuries to refine the iconography so it reflected the exact mythology surrounding the saint, with only a few carefully considered signifiers.

Back in the States, I began appropriating the Greek Orthodox aesthetic to examine the relationships in my own life, the relationships that I have often defined myself by. I began setting up photo shoots with friends and family. Sometimes I would approach the person with an idea, and sometimes they would arrive with their own. But most of the time, the photo shoot became a synthesis of the way I viewed the person and they way they wanted to be viewed. The aim and the result is an almost Platonic view of the person—the way they exist timelessly, in my mind, as ideas. The finished series was eventually installed in a recreation of my bedroom, filled with artifacts of these various relationships. Here I could sleep surrounded by the icons, which function as stand-ins for the people I want to keep close.

The icons are on permanent display at the L5P Music Center in Atlanta.

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