I am compelled by sacred narrative in a contemporary idiom.
I often work with images of pilgrimage, lamentation, absolution and rebirth. Such archetypal figures flesh out parable and reveal to me the ancient stories, once again reborn, in our world of dissonance and division.
The sacred stories, in their mythic and consuming drama, are played out in our most inward journeys.
I paint with oil color, manipulating pigment over a plastic plate. I use brushes, rags and even my fingers to provoke the paint to speak back to me and to set in motion a creative dialogue.
With an intensity of gesture and color, the images begin to emerge. The painted surface of the plate is then transferred onto paper through the pressure of an etching press.
The monotype process can be suggestive and luminous. It becomes a communion with change that is fertile ground for revelation.
Constance Pierce is an associate professor of visual arts.