Saints and Martyrs

St. Anne, Italy 1968

I’ve already said here how thin is the line between Holiness and Grotesque. And althogh I completly understand the kitschness and grotesque look of these icons, there still a mistery that is able to capture me.

Saints and Martyrs is a series of photographies taken during the 60’s between Spain, Italy and Mexico by the photographer George Krause. Probably is one of the most suggestive photographs I’ve seen so far. He said about this series that “Saints and Martyrs pays homage to the anonymous artisans who fashioned the statues… These sculptures transcend most folk art. They are not conceptually motivated. The sculptor felt the suffering, and it allowed him to create something beyond himself and beyond the repetitive forms usually handed down among folk artists. I am responding to the artisan’s passion and his unique vision.”

source: georgekrause.com

BRAID HALO

PIETA, Toronto, Canada 1978

SAN MARTIN, Ecuador 1971

JESUS WITH LAMB, Mexico 1985

MARY IN MORGUE, Mexico 1978

CHOIRBOY, Mexico 1990

FLAMING ROSARY

OHN THE BAPTIST, Spain 1964

ROMAN SAINT, Italy 1968

Indian Christ

RESURRECTION, Italy, 1968

MILAGO, Mexico 1964

CROSS, Mexico 1975

WAXWORK, Mexico 1986

JESUS IN MORGUE, Mexico 1978


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