The great congregation meets daily, and you are someone's angel today

My curator has suggested I explore Angels as they are an import part of art history especially of the counter reformation and then of the french catholic symbolist painters and pre-Vatican II folk piety

In my childhood we were told we each had a guardian angel, mine lived in a picture in my Aunt Peg's house that I used to love to visit

I told Domi the subject was so cliched that I wouldn't bother exploring it but a few things have happened to change my mind

I came across this quote by  Tennessee Williams

Everything that is tearing us down today will become a memory, and that memory will be shared as an anecdote or a story or a poem or a play or a warning . It will be shared with another human being , who will then understand that he is not alone in his sadness 

This is why we show up for others and tell our tales and listen to others. The great congregation meets daily, and you are someone's angel today 

I found a redundant angel in the Abbey San Giorgio on an island at the entrance to the grand canal in Venice - he seemed so sad in a grungy sort of way. He is made of wood patched with bronze sheets you can see this more clearly from the back view.

I think he has been removed form active service on top of the abbey where he guarded the grand canal for many, perhaps hundreds,  of years  

he is part zombie in his impassiveness and magnificent decay - he inspired my first monotype

and I hope to include him in some ways in my upcoming Scarlattta exhibition

Correr museum Venice 

I am really interested to know why angels, well at least the good ones are pale, either feminised transgender or sexless while Lucifer is often naked muscly butch  red and attractive ! We humans clearly project a lot on to them

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