Collaboration between Karen Azarnia and Greta Stepp

The Sacred Space was completed through collaboration between a Master of Fine Arts painting student and myself after a study trip to Italy during summer, 2007. During the trip, we visited the cities of Rome, Milan, Verona, Vicenza and Venice. We also toured many churches, including the Chapel of Santa Maria del Popolo in Rome where there were paintings by Caravaggio painted to exist and be viewed in a specific space. This inspired the concept for the Chicago Sacred Space, creating a painting and a space that were designed together.