Joanna Manousis, Demeter II, USA, 2018
Demeter takes on the formation of an oculus window, commonly found in churches of the gothic architectural style. Rather than infiltrating light into a sacred space, Demeter refracts light to its viewer. The clear crystal segments act as apertures for the residual details of wheat and seed-like formations that lie within. Here, both the wheel and the wheat pay homage to the ever-flowing cycle of life and death, a rhythm that is embodied in Demeter, the Greek goddess of the harvest.
For centuries, the ‘wheel window’ has been used as a symbol of spirituality and that, which is infinite: the universe or the cosmos. Demeter is stripped of the color and grandiose iconography usually presented in church windows to deliver what is essential and unifying to us all.
Materials: Cast glass/ stainless steel / aluminum
Dimensions: 33.5 H x 33.5 W x 3.5 D inches
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