peace ... rising through the ashes of war
I have started my ALaW year with my alphabet for peace.
Rather than create a beautiful and peaceful feeling I have chosen to create my peace ... rising through the ashes of war.
Upon the dark & brooding background - which can be a metaphor for either war or the long dark night of the soul - peace in many languages speak out. Without wanting to destroy the image I have designed some letters I originally created for a piece of work which now resides in Portland, Oregon ... and pierced them into the ashes.
I have not worked the whole alphabet yet as the piercing is slow. They will come on a week to week basis but I have created the words of peace. The gold cross symbolises the PAX symbol - my schoolgirl motto. You see here peace in French, Javanese, Vietnamese and Dutch with my little ceramic peace crane watching overhead.
The materials used are 300gsm hot-press paper, brush, pen, gesso ink, gold leaf on miniatum gold size and pen white.