“Reliquary of the Acolyte” 34x25x4.5” Acrylic on panel, wood surround, polymer and Apoxie clay ornaments, resin, brass, cast iron. A highly detailed, stunning addition to the Dankquart Collection that pulls out all the stops as it further advances the narrative of the series’ lost civilization and their origin beliefs. My goal was to create a piece with extra depth, visually, as with the window within a window composition, and by building layers of content for viewers to interpret.
Detail notes: the elongated skull at the center of the surround, a reinforcing statement of the ancient ancestor in the painting. It was created using Apoxie clay over a shaped wooden form, which was then “fleshed out” using polymer clay, and given a sunburst halo by fitting a series of small metal rods in two different sizes. The completed sculpt was then treated to a three color multi step application of paints to give a mellow antique finish.
The resin reliquary artifacts were molded from polymer clay, painted, and fit to small brass holders. Those were then filled with epoxy resin to give them a jewel like appearance.
The painting was finished using a three step varnish application that gives it a very rich, subtle craquelure look of age. Areas where the painting’s finish seems to have cracked and fallen away, exposing the substrate, have been given a matte finish. The difference in gloss painting varnish and matte “substrate” creates a wonderful illusion of depth.