On the evening of September 7, 2011, Ippolita premiered an exhibition of six new works of glass, steel and video in an installation at the Highline Stages. The “Reliquary” sculpture and video series is a dramatic display of captivating creations that engage the viewer in a dialogue about various elements of the human experience, including Love, War, Strength & Fragility, Curiosity, Empathy and Religion & Desire. These are monumental pieces that range in size from 3 to 12 feet tall.

What is Reliquary?

A reliquary is a container for relics. These may be the physical remains of saints, such as bones, pieces of clothing or other objects associated with religious figures. Traditional reliquaries were often body parts carved out of wood and the relics inside were authentic body parts that related to the container. Relics have been an important part of worship to Buddhists, Christians, Hindus and many other religions.

“I have always been interested in the power of religious iconography–in the idea that humans can invest inanimate objects with supernatural powers just so that they can believe in them–a suspension of disbelief in the realm of the spirit. In a more general sense, I believe that beautifully crafted objects also have the power to inspire wonder and excitement and to stir the heart, all on their own.” - Ippolita

Ippolita speaks about her art