In Italian cathedrals I saw glass boxes (Reliquaries) containing the (reputed) heads and limbs of saints. I wondered how it must feel to be the afterlife spirit of that person trapped inside an aquarium of death with his or her body part(s) for ever on display and with people staring all and every day, however much they prayed, a claustrophobic hell, a spiritual zoo.
How could everlasting peace ever be found?
What a horrific ending for a lifetime of faith and service.
I hope that these sad relics are nothing more than wax effigies. However, on the off chance that they are real this painting is to light a candle and say a prayer for all fragmented souls.
Reliquary Head. 18×14″. Acrylic on paper on panel. By clinock.
*(see fāz/ Ada and Anna for back story)*