Even before I started college I was fascinated by religious iconography: tragic, torturous stories illustrated with some of the most beautiful figures in the history of art. The sensual nature of the works creates a strange but enthralling dichotomy. They are spiritual, devotional . . . yet carnal. I developed a deep love of the sculptor Bernini (Baroque period) as well as etchings and prints from the Medieval period. These works ended up informing most of the artwork I created while in college.
The following photos are two of my all-time favorites, featuring my two favorite models. They are from a 12-image series, entitled “Mastering Translation,” originally presented in the same diptych format in a single line on a wall.