Since my childhood I was inspired by the silent movie entitled The Passion of Joan of Arc. The stunning camera work and the striking composition by Carl Theodore Dreyer, the film convinced the world in 1928 that a motion picture can be an art form. Renee Falconetti gave one of the greatest performances ever recorded on film as the young maiden who died for God, France and freedom.
From this movie came my next body of work, which pushes the theme of opposites into the genres of which it is composed as I simultaneously explore the personal. The 44-piece poliptych is a study of Joan of Arc’s psychological space during her trials at the Holy Inquisition. Each portrait features a face expressing emotions and posing questions we all want answers to at some point in our lives.
Is there any limit beyond which the contradictions can no longer be reconciled? I bring these contemporaries – Joan of Arc and Gothic Cathedrals – forward in time together to the modern age. My multifaceted portrait of Joan of Arc is grounded in transcripts from the actual trials and infused with medieval theories of beauty and color but is filtered through modernity.