Crucem - Sacra Terra <L 2015
( Cross - Sacred Ground/Earth )
In Scared Geometry the circle is the shape traditionally assigned to the heavens and the square to earth. In Crucem-Sacro Terra 2015, heaven & Earth, Spirit and matter are combined. The equilateral triangle references the Trinity and god’s Omniscience, Omnipresence, & Omnipotence.
Gunn works in a contemporary way with natural earth pigments and a traditional binder that references the use of gesso used by the old masters during the Renaissance and before. The surface of a Gunn painting is allowed to dry whilst cracks and fissures appear in the surface due to environmental conditions in the studio. Each painting is unique and often divided geometrically using and sometimes, subverting the idea of the Golden section. The reference to proportion and balance also alludes to Leonardo Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man; and God being the ultimate architect and creator of the universe.
The broken surface in the painting acts as a metaphor for mans’ imperfection…. The Cross, a symbol of God’s love and sacrifice.
Excerpt from Stations of the Cross catalogue accompanying the Stations of the Cross exhibition commissioned for Brentwood Cathedral 2015, curated and edited by Simon Carter.