A Ganglion Gone Awry
“A twisted nerve, a ganglion gone awry predestinates the Sinner and the Saint”
During a trip to Belgium in 2019, I was guided around Tourinnes-la-Grosse, and visited the church of St Martin. Its oldest part goes back to the 10th century.
This was the inspiration I needed to get started on the Confession scene, the end of my Victorian series..
A Ganglion Gone Awry was completed in 2021.
I wanted a lot of intensity and emotions for my characters, so I studied old paintings of Confessions, to find inspiration for clothes, poses and expressions.
Building the inside
I started out with building the wooden floor, then I arranged the stones in a suiting pattern around it, attaching them with a small-grained acrylic paste. I polished the stones to give them a nice shine.
The walls are made from wood, painted and stained to look like marble stones.
I use various kinds of acrylic paint, many layers, to get a fur-like finish for my characters.
I wanted this mouses’ skirt to look very beautiful, like an old painting – so the choice of fabric was really important.
The Confessional was at this point the most intricate construction I have built from wood.
The Forgotten Child
I built a door at the top of The Confessional to add a dark twist to the scene.
The stained glass window
I took inspiration from the Belgian St Gertrude of Nivelles.
According to catholictradition.org she was The Patron of Cats, the Recently Diseased, Gardeners, Travelers, Those with Mental Illness, and Those with a Morbid Fear of Mice and Rats.
Saint Gertrude has a special symbol, that of the mouse on her staff.
For the glass effect I used Gedeo Crystal Resin.
Making of the silver frame
For this part of the stained glass project, I needed someone who was specialized in working with silver, and who had the tools and special training. I collaborated on this with jewelery artist @lisafalchdesign.