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Edward Carlos' "Creation: Nativity"
Capturing the Ineffable

Depicting the mystical, the transcendent or the supernatural within the spiritual and religious traditions of the world has been the lifework of artist Edward Carlos, M.F.A. 1963. Having recently retired from teaching art at the University of the South, he has gone on to build IONA: Art Sanctuary, a gallery/art studio in Sewanee, Tenn., that opened in 2007 and displays his artwork. The name of this art center alludes to the Scottish isle of Iona, where Irish missionaries brought the Christian faith in A.D. 563.

Pictured in the photo’s foreground is Carlos’ “Creation: Nativity,” a multifaceted walk-through sculpture/painting depicting Christ’s birth. In the background, a large vertical photo montage portrays an anima/mother-earth figure created by Carlos’ son, Adam William Carlos.


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