James Christensen Limited Edition Infinity Aluminum Edition Giclee:"Widow Mite"
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James Christensen Limited Edition Infinity Aluminum Edition Giclee:"Widow Mite"

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Artist: James C Christensen
Title: Widows Mite
24" x 30
Edition: Numbered to 550 with COA.

Abouth the Infinity Aluminum Edition: An "Infinity Aluminum Edition" is a stunning, luminescent modern work of art created on a lightweight metal panel. "Infinity" refers to the technique of displaying the edition panel unframed, though it can also be framed in a traditional way with a wood or metal frame.

The sublimation process creates an edition that will not crack, peel or fade. Sublimation begins with a 1/16” aluminum panel coated with a clear polymer-based substrate. Through a heat print pressing process, the image, comprised of special sublimation inks, transforms to a gaseous state and infuses itself into the clear polymer substrate. The most significant result of this process is how light passes through the sublimation inks, now suspended within the polymer coating, and reflects off the aluminum sheet beneath, creating spectacularly rich colors.

Abouth the Art: The parable of the Widow's Mite is not a story of money, but of piety. "It's about what we are willing to give of ourselves," said artist James Christensen of his best known painting.

Christensen's "The Widow's Mite" uses striking light and dark to symbolize spiritual and worldly power. The poor widow, who gave all she had, glows with an inner light. Even her ragged clothing is luminescent. By contrast, the rich men in their expensive robes fade into the shadows behind this woman's radiance.

An element that made this work so unique was Christensen's choice to depict the widow as a young woman. It was the custom of the time for a widow to marry one of her husband's brothers or return to her own family. If neither of these occurred, a woman had few options for supporting herself or her family. If a young woman remained alone, she would likely be impoverished.

Michelangelo also influenced this choice. Upon completion of his work the "Pieta", a sculpture of the crucified Jesus laying upon his mother's lap, Michelangelo was criticized for his depiction of Mary. Though she was Christ's mother, and therefore older, she appears younger than her son. His response was that virtue and goodness keep one beautiful. Christensen was intrigued by the idea that her righteousness could be revealed by her youth.

And he looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury. And he also saw a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites. And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all: For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God; but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had. - Luke 21:1-4
James Christensen Limited Edition Infinity Aluminum Edition Giclee:"Widow Mite"
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