Before Ikons by Jim Carpenter, Acrylic on Paper, 20.5" x 7.5"
"Gazing at the stars opens our minds to another reality, a mysterious eternal world,
beyond material struggle." - Tom Hodgkinson, How To Be Idle
Imagery: The Mysterious Eternal World
I can only make a good guess where these icon-like images come from. My 12 years of parochial schooling seems to be the most obvious answer. Perhaps, being the descendant of Irish and Polish immigrants, I carry some deep ancestral memory for icons. I only know that I have no concept of the image when I begin a painting.
The figures in this painting are no strangers to me. The ancient image on the wall - uncovered, surviving decay and remaining present through the ages, the figure observing the image, the wise man gazing at the viewer, and the small white figure in a doorway of light are all recurring figures in my paintings.
If your were to ask me which figure the painting - the story - belongs to, I'd say it belongs to the small white figure at the bottom of the page.
The icons stand before us. Inviting us to contemplate the mysteries of the eternal world. It is an invitation only the idle can accept.