© Copyright Alessandra Kelley
"Icons" is an egg tempera painting on panel.
It was meant as a consideration of hidden things. There are several religious icons buried in the soil beneath the children, which we can see because of the cross-section. But to the children all there is is the yellow earth and the dusty grey-blue sky and each other. A sparrowhawk sits on the ground near them and another flies by. There might be a dust storm in the background, or it might be fog or the ocean, or a tsunami.
Some time after painting this I realized that the imagery had been inspired by natural history museum exhibits. Their illusionistic murals of infinite space curve around behind displayed specimens and artifacts, giving both a sense of infinite space and the intimate dimensions of the immediate objects.