‘Sacerdos’ by Eric Wolfe Sahlsten
Artist: Eric Wolfe Sahlsten
Medium: Pen and ink on smooth Bristol paper
Dimensions: 10.5″ x 8″
Year of Creation: 2021
About the Artwork:
“Sacerdos” (Latin: “priest”) was inspired by a passage from Hernan Diaz’s debut novel In the Distance:
“Never mind memorials, relics, mausoleums, and other vain preservations from corruption and oblivion. What greater tribute than to be feasted upon by one’s fellow creatures? What monument could be nobler than the breathing tomb of a coyote or the soaring urn of a vulture? What preservation more dependable? What resurrection more literal? This is true religion—knowing there is a bond among all living things.”
While often maligned, the vulture’s grim task is crucial to the health of the ecosystem; he is vicar to the slain, performing the funerary rites of transmigration of dead matter into living flesh.
About the Artist:
Eric Wolfe Sahlsten is an illustrator living in Denver, CO using traditional techniques to create intricate pen & ink drawings inspired by nature, mythology, medieval iconography, music and literature.