Canticle of the Celestial Night Rose

December 18 th 2009

Altarpiece Construction
Combined Process on Wood and Metal
26" H X 20" W X 4.5" D

This construction is from the extended series Aenigmate, which means: at this present time (being earthbound and limited in finitude) to see and ascertain only the dimmest of shadows of what truly is and what is to come. This work, an altarpiece in mixed media, is likened to medieval, illuminated manuscript pages, reliquaries and icons. Robert seeks to convey in his work the visual approximation of the experience of awe, divine mystery and terrible beauty. This is an esoteric abstraction derived from studies in philosophy, alchemy and mysticism, and is made from a combined process with wood and metal.

Topics: Arts

Robert Eustace was born in 1957 in New York City, and later moved to central New Jersey with his family. He attended Montclair State College for a BA degree in fine arts and then the School of Visual Arts, for an MFA in painting and mixed-media. As a college student, a profound experience led him to Christianity, which influenced his artistic vision. In the Catholic tradition he was enthralled by architectural symmetry, symbols, rituals of meaning, and fragrances of mystery. Eustace is also deeply engaged with music, from ancient chant to European avant-jazz; ambient techno and electronica.