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Irish Ruminations - Between Myth and Truth, Joel Elgin
The Apatheia Of Saint Joan Of Arc Saint Christopher
Swinehearders (2 of 2) Swinehearders (2 of 2)
Iolar Móran Inislocha: The Lake Island in the Manannan’s Islands
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Finn/The "Salmon of Knowledge"
Finn /The “Salmon Of Knowledge”
Intaglio: Drypoint, line etch, aquatint,
softground, chine cole', simultaneous
color, multi plate color, mono print,
selective wipe, extensive scraping
and burnishing. Printed on Arches
Cover white.

IRISH RUMINATIONS
Joel Elgin

Ten years ago I began to research and make etchings based on Saints and Martyrs.  I produced these images through a need to better understand my own Catholic faith. After creating over a dozen prints I journeyed to Ireland to travel the path of St. Patrick. 

Caer
Caer
Intaglio: Drypoint, line etch, aquatint,
softground, chine cole', simultaneous
color, multi plate color, mono – print,
selective wipe, extensive scraping
and burnishing. Digital methods,
Lithography. Printed on Arches
Cover white.

Exploring the wanderings of St. Patrick illuminated and awakened the rich history of my Irish roots and drove me to explore the numerous myths, mysteries and truths that exist in the forms of text and image.

To know my past I traveled three more times to Ireland and each time found myself lost in the mist that exists between myth and truth.
               
I have become influenced (enchanted) by the colors, textures, smells, sounds and tastes of Ireland. Each myth and legend I discover through reading, then through actual physical exploration of the site demands the creation of a new print.  The production of the print furthers my process of learning specific information and yet at the same time opens, more fully, the vein that connects me to my Irish heritage. 

Each moment I devote to researching Saints, mythology, icons, or wandering Irish ruins strengthens my deep respect and homage for my ancestry. The prints I create are a reflection of this respect.

It has been a great pleasure to collaborate with my wife, Kathy Elgin who has used her gift of language to put to words the myths, mysteries and truths that have influenced the images.

Joel Elgin 2006

 

Learn about our other concurrent exhibit: Women - Liturgical and Religious Art