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Monthly Archives: December 2010

Prayer and cadavers

The battle between the diva and Diana turned out badly, with Diana getting the worst of it; she is dead. The painting suffered considerably in the making, so I won’t show it. But I did make a painting called Prayer for Diana. I have been spending time meditating on impermanence, and found a wonderfully macabre book entitled Dissection: photographs of a rite of passage … that you can read about at I have combined images from the book with old master drawings and medical prints to create the paintings.

Reciting a prayer for the dead Diana
Dissected abdomen
Youthful corpse being dissected
I used a Raphael drawing for the pose
One corpse on top of another
An amalgamation of anatomical images