Silver / 2016 / Fine Art / Collage

The Lions' Den

  • Prize
    Silver in Fine Art/Collage
  • Company
  • Photographer
    Christopher Ruane

The web has been woven and we are caught in it. The work uniquely puts the viewer in a precarious position. With the current issues of perpetual war, mass exodus, and Christian Genocide the world is now faced with many moral dilemmas. Do we look at the image and say, take up arms, this could be me and mine; or do we look at the image and say, this horrible existence that I fear is happening right now to someone else. Strikingly, This modern depiction is seen through the eyes of a woman, honoring the many mothers and children who perhaps suffer most in times of war and persecution. You see her clutching the image of The Sacred Heart Of Jesus, while surrounded by what seems to be impossible adversity.

Christopher Ruane is a master composite artist and photographer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania who specializes in massive digital photomontages, sometimes with over 500 individual layers, each photographed separately. His work has been shown in The Carnegie Museum of Art and in many galleries both locally and across the United States. His work The Good Samaritan was the winner of the National Catholic Arts Exhibition at St Vincent College in 2012. In 2013 Christopher was featured in Whirl Magazine, The Catholic Accent and Catholic News Services.