Jill Scipione: Psalms and Prophets:
In the early 1990s Jill Scipione began a series of works with the intent of creating a space that would be
descriptive of concepts from passages of the Biblical Psalms and Prophets, particularly Isaiah and Ezekiel. In
these images, which started as dark lines drawn into light, then became light traced into dark; her drawing line
became a painted trail of movement, creating and diffusing figures, forms and atmospheres.
Four or five groups of work emerged, including themes of wheels/vehicles, structures, landscapes, and
eventually a set in which parts of figures from Giotto's early Renaissance paintings are restructured. The
entire series consists of about sixty oil on linen or canvas paintings,varying in size from 6 x 5 ft to 5 x 4 ft with
additional smaller works and drawings.
As Scipione’s subsequent work developed into incredibly realistic renditions of flesh, meat and bones that
sometimes comprise forms of wheels and vehicles, the images in these earlier paintings became source and
symbol for the new works. In the recent pieces, the drawn forms created here are starting to emerge again, as
archetypal images that exist in the same space as the realistic objects.
Psalms and Prophets