Cracked – Olivia Mayoros










Slate and fabric tapestry



‘…the earth will reveal her bloodshed

And will no longer cover her slain.’  Isaiah 26:21

These stones tell a story that is often lost in the passiontide. Matthew 26:52 briefly mentions that as the veil in the temple was torn, ‘The tombs broke open, and the bodies of many saints who had fallen asleep arose.’ As the earth quaked before the death of God, the sealed graves of men and women who had known and followed Christ (they were known by those that saw them in the city), burst asunder. These eight slates, representing the coming eighth day of the new creation, reflect on the view of these saints from inside their tombs. The cracks of light pierce through the stone just as Jesus had pierced through their hearts to bring himself, the Light of the world. What did they see in that moment? Pain and fear at the wounded earth or relief and wonder at the world beyond their eggshell? Probably a little bit of both. Photo Credit: Ieva Marija Photography.




Olivia Mayoros is an artist and art historian working in Michigan, USA. She holds a master’s degree in the History of Photography from St Andrews in Scotland and runs her own photographic tour program in addition to her arts practise. She and her husband are happily building their home in Ypsilanti, MI into a micro flower farm for neighbors and friends to enjoy.


  • Karen is finishing a PhD program in the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts after careers in corporate management, consulting, and pastoral and theatre ministry. She explores theological and theatrical contexts of ’empty space’ and general human disposition toward it, with emphasis on improvisation (specifically Playback Theatre) and Holy Saturday. Since 2017, Karen has led or advised ITIA’s Transept group, a postgraduate-led group of multidisciplinary practicing artists. Karen was an editor for Transpositions from 2017 to 2022. As Editor-in-Chief, she fostered a closer partnership between Transpositions and Transept, hosted the In/break exhibition on the Transpositions site, and introduced regular series into the publishing schedule.