We are pleased to feature images of three stunning pastels from a series by Nicora Gangi entitled Sound of Their Wings. These works were created to capture sounds from the book of Revelation, focusing specifically on Revelation 9:7-9. Below are three images from the five part series. Click on each to enlarge.
“My aim in this series of drawings was to capture sound. My reference for this idea came from the paintings by Diego Velázquez ‘Jesus with Martha and Mary’ and ‘Tavern Scene with Christ at Emmaus’. In these two paintings there is evidence of someone listening, in the background and in the foreground.
“I wanted to experiment with capturing sound from the book of Revelation particularly Revelation 9:7-9. In this passage there is mention of the sound of locusts and the sound of the horses. Instead of using locusts I decided to use bees and a beetle. The bees represent diligence and faithful industry while the beetle crawling into the book (or on the fruit) represents evil, always eager to destroy the fruits (apple slices) of the righteous. It represents the silent enemy.
“In the background of the still life is an engraving of an oil painting by Rosa Bonheur called ‘The Horse Fair’ to represent the sound of horses. The books of knowledge, stacked, opened as well as closed, represent God’s letters to us, the means for us to know God, along with the music and two musical instruments, which are the means for worshiping God. The white cloth, continually unrolled in this series, is like the white robe of our righteous LORD, which covers His people.”
Nicora Gangi was born in Indiana in 1952 and was educated at the Hartford Art School (Hartford,Connecticut) Montclair State College(Montclair,New Jersey) and Syracuse University (Syracuse, New York) (BFA 1974 and MFA 1976). She was a professor of art at Syracuse University for 29 years. She now resides in New York City.
Ms. Gangi’s work has been featured in such publications as Artist Magazine, Pastel Artist International, CMYK, American Artist Magazine, International Artist Magazine and many others. Her work is featured on the cover of several poetry journals including The Comstock Review’s Winter 2008 national poetry journal.
In 2011 she was an award winner from the Pastel Journal 100 Competition. She is also a recipient of the Harris Popular Award from the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, N.Y., the 2005 Grand Prize from The Pastel Journal, and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award in 2008 among others.
Nicora Gangi has lectured regionally and nationally as a visiting artist at colleges and universities and artist’s guilds on such varied topics as, “Spiritual Symbolism in Art” and “Personal Expression Through The Pastel Medium.” Recently she taught for Gordon College in Orvieto, Italy.
Read her entire Bio and see more works at www.NicoraGangi.com
Images are copyrighted by Nicora Gangi and used here by permission. If you are interested in using these images in any way please contact Ms. Gangi for permission.
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