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"I Will Study War No More" lost wax bronze cast - Obverse. 2.25"x3.75"(1/2" thick)

Inspired by the verse in the book of Isaiah about turning swords into ploughshares and no longer 'learning' war, the medal "I Will Study War No More" was created. The Obverse side despicts a line of soldiers on horseback -from the Greek army, in this case- charging into battle. At the far right, one of their number (discovering the utter waste and senselessness of war) abandons the fight (depicted by the partial impression he and his horse have left behind). Turned over to the Reverse side, the medal now depicts the soldier, head bowed, casting his sword, helmet and shield to the ground as he gently leads his horse away. The piece is reflective of the similar revelation and journey of St. Francis who, sickened by the brutality of war, abandoned his early life as a career soldier to become the patron saint and protector of all animals.  (an edition of this medal was exhibited at the Rodman Hall Art Centre and Gallery, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario- along with works created by other members of MASC - The Medallic Art Society of Canada).

"I Will Study War No More" lost wax cast bronze-Reverse

The creation of medallic art dates back to the Renaissance, specifically to the painter Antonio Pisano or Pisanello (c.1390-1455). Though medals and medallions (given as gifts or worn as jewelery) have been a part of society since ancient times, Pisanello is considered the first artist to consciously create a medal as a work of art. Years later, artists such as Braque, Giacometti, Matisse, Moore and Picasso have all, at some point in their careers, explored the world of medallic art in pursuit of artistic expression and excellence. Relief sculpture small enough to hold in the palm of your hand, medallic art creates a unique connection between the artist's vision and the viewer. Through the physical act of turning the piece over in one's hand to explore the two sides (referred to as the obverse and reverse), the appreciation of an art medal can be an especially intimate and personal experience. In recognition of and homage to this unique and ancient artform, artists in many countries around the world continue to support the creation of these sculptures through medallic art organizations, including MASC - The Medallic Art Society of Canada.   

"Take Me There" - lost wax bronze cast (Obverse) 3.25" diameter 1/2" thick.

This piece was insired by a love of the ocean and always longing to be near it. Hearing the 'sound' of the surf through the shell, the girl imagines that she is standing right there on the sand. 

"Take me There" - lost wax bronze cast (Reverse)

And when the medal is turned over -
There she is! 

Judith Christine Mills

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