Posted by RevGal Pat at RevGalBlogPals:
It's art, art, art in my life today, because I'm on the organizing
committee for an all-women's art show that opens tonight! This means
life has been about hanging paintings, arranging sculptures and
assemblages, and doing everything we can to make sure we show off the
women's work to its best advantage.
Something that has struck me in particular this year is the idea of art as a venue to give voice to the voiceless. But that's certainly not its only function. We have angry art, as political protest. We have joyful art, art that conveys the sheer buzz of being alive. We have spiritual art, reveling in the sacredness of the body or the earth. And just about every year, we have some form or another of "biblical" art, representing or commenting on something in scripture. (Above, the Levite's concubine from Judges, also known as Big Woman, by Elisabeth Lain Schell).
This Friday Five, reflect with me upon art and the role it plays in your life (and ministry!).
1. Do you have a favorite piece of art in your home? Was it made by you or someone you love? Was it a gift or something you decided to purchase? I have a gorgeous piece of tatted lace made by my great-grandmother, Etta Dawson Swarthout. My mom had it matted and framed with a plaque indicating the artist and time (c. 1900). It reminds me of family; of women's work, often unrecognized and unsung, of which Gramma Etta did so much. She was a legendary quilter and invented and patented a thread cutter that pinned to the seamstress' bodice for ease of access. I never met my Gramma Etta, because she died before I was born...but she is still a legend among my older siblings and cousins. Largely for her intractable sternness.
2. What do you think of the the art in your place of worship? Does it enhance the worship experience? Would you add to it, take away from it, or otherwise change it? I am worshiping mostly in my side yard these days, where there are so many trees and continuous change from seasons, birds and squirrels, bugs...I adore it.
3. What public art have you loved-- or hated? I love the David Iles sculptures surrounding the Environmental Education, Science, and Technology building on my campus. There are 18 life-size installations
of various native Texas animals.
4. What piece of art (famous, infamous, personal, or very, very well known masterpiece) speaks to your soul? This is too easy, but Monet's water lilies, always. I visited the Orangerie in Paris in the late 80's and they had a cylindrical room with HUGE waterlilies all around. Fortunately there were benches in the middle, because otherwise you would fall down.
5. When is the last time you created something beautiful, just for you? I took a mixed media class a few months ago at a local art studio. We made visual journals, which ended up being collage of various sorts. It was completely art for its own sake...not something to use or wear later...and it was very fun.