Wooden Icons

The icons began with a piece of ironwood given to me by an ecologist friend. The beauty of the wood, from the Lebombo Mountains, started a slow journey. Other woods I’ve used include linden wood (used to make musical instruments and religious icons), cherry, imbuia and beech.

All the woods feel like a gift from the trees and a living part of the icons, not just a base. I apply the images to the carved woods using a decoupage technique, gold leaf, resin, fine sanding, and beeswax, and on some I use chalk paint and wax.

European beechwood

Madonna: Sano di Pietro, 15th C
27cm (L) x 23cm (W) x 1.5cm (D)

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European beechwood

Madonna: Sano di Pietro, 15th C
27cm (L) x 23cm (W) x 1.5cm (D)

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European beechwood

Madonna: Sano di Pietro, 15th C
37cm (L) x 23cm (W) x 1.5cm (D)

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Lebombo ironwood

Madonna: Sano di Pietro, 15th C
22cm (L) x 16cm (W) x 2.5cm (D)

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Lebombo ironwood

Virgin: Albert Edelfelt, 1898
17.5cm (L) x 15.5cm (W) x 2.5cm (D)

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Lebombo ironwood

Madonna: Artist Unknown, 16th C
20cm (L) x 16cm (W) x 2.5cm (D)

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Linden wood (Bass wood)

Madonna: Battista Salvi, 17th C
21cm (L) x 17cm (W) x 3cm (D)

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South American Imbuia

Madonna: Cozzarelli, 15th C
27cm (L) x 17cm (W) x 1.5cm (D)

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Cherrywood

Madonna: della Francesca, 15th C
21cm (L) x 17cm (W) x 2.5cm (D)

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Linden wood (Bass wood)

Madonna: Filippo Lippi, 15th C
19cm (L) x 14cm (W) x 1.5cm (D)

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Stars: Giotto’s dome

Madonna: Onorio Mariani, 17th C
15cm (L) x 20cm (W) x 0.8cm (D)

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Linden wood (Bass wood)

Madonna: Pinturicchio, 15th C
19cm (L) x 14cm (W) x 1.5cm (D)

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‘An artist is one who wants to leave behind a gift.
The gift is always to creation itself.‘ OTTO RANK

‘An artist is one who wants to leave behind a gift.
The gift is always to creation itself.‘ OTTO RANK


Julia Casciola ©