Aaron's Robe
(completed in 2005)

$750
White linen fabric sewn into a robe 18 in. W x 58 in. L
(46 cm x 148 cm)
2 - 4 in. (10.24 cm) white plastic tubes.
Yellow, blue, and red compact fluorescent light.


The idea for Aaron's Robe came to me when reading Exodus 28. The book describes a priestly garment made for Moses' brother made of white linen with gold, blue, purple, and scarlet. Fine linen has always symbolized the priestly class with white symbolizing innocence and purity. The yellow represents sun and divinity, while the red and blue, blended, yield the purple of royalty.

I am intrigued by the way the light illumines the fibers in the linen and how the fabric acts as a medium to carry the light. In earlier times, religious teachings relied on symbols that everyone recognized. The windows in Chartres cathedral, for example, are pregnant with both object and color symbols that were used to teach the holy word to those unable to read. In a way, Aaron's Robe continues this symbolic teaching and, in fact, mimics the wonderful translucency of the Gothic cathedral windows.