The Pilgrim Paintings
Personal identity is essential to understanding and interacting with the world around us. As social beings it is natural to be defined by others. The challenge is to either conform to those societal expectations, or to break the mold in order to find a more authentic sense of self. Our capabilities and values are diminished, unless there is dialogue with others and the world. St. Ignatius is an exemplar of moving from self-centeredness towards full engagement with the people and situations of his time.
Paul Rubens’ etchings of the Life of Saint Ignatius of Loyola are the foundation for this series of paintings that illustrates a modern man’s search for his most trustful self. These 16th-century etchings show that questions about authenticity, meaning, and what is real, are just as pertinent in the 21st century. The intertwining story lines follow an archetypical hero’s journey through a series of transformative experiences: he overcomes adversity, leaves family and land, undertakes an altruistic quest, and becomes an inspiration for others.