Diane Silver's "Sacrament" abstracts Christianity down to the bones

By Lisa Derrick
For the Catholic faithful, baptism begins at birth, and Silver's interpretation, Baptism, is of birth: a vertical line, a gash really, smeared and reddish, bifurcates the canvas, rending the Veil
CALIFORNIA---Diane Silver's "Sacrament" at Coagula Curatorial through October 4, 2015 offers a completely different experience of religion, exploring the Seven Sacraments of Catholicism through abstract art. No matter how concrete a theology, no matter how many tomes are written or people tortured and killed over their beliefs (or lack thereof), in the end religion and faith are abstractions that cannot not be codified into one singular meaning. Using a limited palate with plaster, bone, wax, ink and hemp, Silver moves herself and the viewer through the Seven Sacraments in a meditative series of large scale canvases. [link]