THE ARTWORK OF RICHARD HEIPP
REFLECTIONS ON RELIQUARIES (2020-2021)
This series of recent paintings expands Heipp’s exploration of the representation of images of artifacts and artworks layered through the system of the museum display. This initial group of paintings is derived from source images Heipp originally photographed in the Crypt in the Medici Chapel in Florence, Italy.
Heipp has been fascinated by the macabre beauty and strangeness represented in these intricate embellished devotional sculptural objects. For Heipp, these reliquaries present an intriguing subject that raises issues surrounding belief, faith, and our value systems. The preciousness of the materials, the detailed craftsmanship, and the refractive qualities of the gold, silver, and crystal combined with the venerable display of these intimate objects heightens their mystery. Heipp describes reliquaries as presenting an intricate, rich and detailed surface which he finds fascinating, beautiful and challenging to paint.