An older work of art is traveling again and will be seen at
Exhibit Dates: July 10-July 26, 2015
Location: Floris United Methodist Church, Herndon, VA (outside Washington, D.C.)
24″w x 60″h
There are various things I could ramble on about in this post: expiration dates put on show entries (this show did not include expiration dates), artist statements (how much I kind of hate them), and deadlines (how they might be the only thing that ever gets me to finish a work but how I don’t do my very best work right up against a deadline.)
Suffice it to say I think that in most cases expiration dates on artwork, unless it is an exhibition that focuses entirely on new work, are silly. I’m very happy that Sacred Threads does not have expiration dates. And usually I hate artists statements; I love it when the work can stand on its own and when viewers can bring their own meaning to a piece.
In this case however, I had the chance to record a statement for an audio tour of the show. There is a difference between reading the statement (while your eyes are away from the work) and listening to the artist speak while you examine the piece. This is also an exhibit that encourages “works as a connection to the sacred and/or as an expression of their own spiritual journey.” Linked definitely falls into this category and it was refreshing not to have to edit out anything spiritually based.
Here is what I recorded:
Much of my figurative work as an artist is concerned with the connections forged between the imperfect and yet deeply loved mortal children of our Heavenly Father. We are all part of the same human family, we are all tightly connected to each other.
I see how God allows us the freedom of choice that might lead to broken links in the chain, but that He stands waiting to repair or to forge anew. I see how generations are linked, how the relationships I forge with God and with the people around me are part of an eternal chain. I understand that the effort placed into forging the bond between my husband and I will ripple through time to our children and on and on. I see how God is part of that chain.