We invite you to discover an artwork from Jennifer Dickson’s exhibition The Credo Project and virtually travel to the architectural space that inspired it! Exploring sacred spaces of the three Abrahamic religions and examining how these buildings bear the passage of time, the images in The Credo Project were captured during Dickson’s travels to the U.K., Cyprus, Portugal, Spain, Turkey and Morocco between 1979 and 2008. Here, we take a closer look at Fountains Abbey depicted in Credo: One. The Credo Project is currently on view at the OAG until February 7, 2021.
Once the wealthiest Cistercian monastery in England, Fountains Abbey in Ripon has fallen into ruin since the abolition of the monasteries under Henry VIII. First founded in 1132, the abbey’s buildings were expanded over its 407 years in operation. With formidable vaulting and soaring pointed arches, the architecture of the abbey represents an exquisite example of the Medieval Gothic period. After dissolution, the site came under private ownership, and the ruins were integrated into the Studley Royal water gardens, the loveliest of the 18th century English picturesque gardens. Click here to walk among the ruins, or further explore the site in this 3D tour.