"Bishop's Cope/Ghost Shirt," 2014, from the portfolio, "Drawn from the McClung Museum," etching, chine-collé, and handwork, by Lynne Allen. Edition: 1/30
Designed in response to McClung Museum object 1961.4.1, European embroidered silk ecclesiastical bishop's cope, ca. 1700-1750.
Artist's statement: In organized religions, vestments like the Bishop's Cope are signs of authority. They serve to hide the personality of the man while highlighting his special calling, his "belief" in something unseen and greater than himself.
The Native American Ghost Shirt, sacred to certain factions of Lakota people, was thought to guard against bullets through spiritual power, protecting the wearer