If humankind is to become an expression of the Divine,
it will require our unceasing pursuit for self-awareness.
The icon’s capacity for dynamic teaching through image and prayer has always been a strategy to teach eschatology to the community. Contemporary iconographers even today, continue to manifest what is hidden. The art of icon painting is traditionally termed “icon writing” because it uses the language of image to creatively announce the good news of the Christian message. For those of us who are writing icons today there is still much to be revealed through image on our way to becoming walking icons of God.
We cannot create human wholeness because we are not made in and of ourselves; we are spirit, inseparable from the very life we are living. Icons do not communicate with words but are portraits of the mysteries fundamental to our experience of being human. The collection of icons in this book are liberal and inventive and often do not conform to the tradition. However, they have not been painted out of ignorance of the belief.
The first iconographers cultivated wisdom and
mystical revelations with their images and their meaning.
Their icons reflected the Church’s vision for the world – the dogmas, hierarchies and rituals. The sacred art of icon writing has still more untapped potential to reflect man’s desire for God in this age. What we have had for the past 200 years are conservative replicas, done artistically but sometimes empty of deep prayer or spiritual teaching. Humankind’s desire for divine understanding is inexhaustible, as is humanity’s desire to depict it. The principles inherent in a well written icon reveal the truth and consequences of the incarnation and deepen the mystical message of Christianity.