In the long struggle for retaining Christian identity under Islamic dominance faith was a major pillar for the Bulgarians. When under siege the first thing to hide was the icon. When people were displaced and on the run, again the first thing to try to preserve was the icon. All these emergency retreats left scars on the bodies of these relics. These battered boards with chipped corners and darkened from the candle smoke images told a story of perseverance and sacrifice.

This collection is not copies of original icons. Although some principals are kept, the colour tone and layout are quite different. As in my other collections I tried to express what I felt rather than what I saw. The artworks are executed on reclaimed Oregon pine which has been heavily distressed and aged. As on the authentic icons the boards are secured by dovetail braces at the back to prevent them from bending.