AND THE WORD WAS GOD

God’s Word is by nature creative.  God spoke the world into being, using his voice, his Word, for creation’s power.  Similarly, he made us in his image to be creators.  He gave us the power to make things new.  Each piece in this series is a prayer, a contemplation.  I hold His Word in my hands, meditate on it, use it to inspire.  To illuminate his purpose.  Each page is precious, full of meaning, worth attention.  Drawing, painting, and stitching provides a tactile, physical act of meditative motion.  It is both everyday and precious, just like the Word of God.   

 

This body of work is created using pages from an antique German Bible I acquired during my time living in Germany. I take each page and, through prayer, create a visual representation of God’s message.  Utilizing both personal and conventional symbolism, I layer meaning using a combination of many media and both abstract and representational elements.  Each piece includes thread as both a mark making element, and an element that contributes to personal contemplation and prayer.  Stitching, as a repetitive process, becomes meditative; stitching on scripture becomes unspoken prayers as I create each piece.  

untitled 1 (psalm 119.119-172)
untitled 1 (psalm 119.119-172)

graphite, charcoal, paint on paper 5x8" 2015

untitled 2 (Matthew 1.1-2.4)
untitled 2 (Matthew 1.1-2.4)

graphite, thread on paper 8x5" 2015

untitled 3 (Luke 6.48-7.49)
untitled 3 (Luke 6.48-7.49)

thread, paper 8x5" 2015

untitled 4 (Numbers 21.11-22.6)
untitled 4 (Numbers 21.11-22.6)

pen, thread, paper 5x8" 2015

untitled 5 (Luke 24.50-John1.33)
untitled 5 (Luke 24.50-John1.33)

graphite, thread, on paper 8x5" 2015

untitled 6 (Jude 18-Revelation 1.18)
untitled 6 (Jude 18-Revelation 1.18)

acyrlic, thread, paper 8x5" 2015

untitled 7 (2 Chronicles 10.11-12.1)
untitled 7 (2 Chronicles 10.11-12.1)

charcoal, thread, paper 5x8" 2015

untitled 8 (Genesis 29.33-30.22)
untitled 8 (Genesis 29.33-30.22)

acrylic, thread, paper 8x5" 2016

untitled 9 (Nahum 1.3-2.2)
untitled 9 (Nahum 1.3-2.2)

charcoal, thread, paper 8x5" 2016

untitled 10 (John 6.32-69)
untitled 10 (John 6.32-69)

acrylic, thread, paper 8x5" 2016

untitled 11 (Psalm 60.2-63.7)
untitled 11 (Psalm 60.2-63.7)

charcoal, thread, paper 5x8" 2016

untitled 12 (2 Peter 3.3- 1 John 1.8)
untitled 12 (2 Peter 3.3- 1 John 1.8)

Thread, paper 8x5" 2016

untitled 13 (Revelation 15.6-17.4)
untitled 13 (Revelation 15.6-17.4)

acrylic, thread, paper 8x5" 2016

untitled 14 (Daniel 3.7-30)
untitled 14 (Daniel 3.7-30)

acrylic, thread, paper 8x5" 2016

untitled 15 (James 3.13-5.11)
untitled 15 (James 3.13-5.11)

graphite, thread, paper 8x5" 2016

untitled 16 (2 Corinthians 8.2-9.9)
untitled 16 (2 Corinthians 8.2-9.9)

acrylic, graphite, thread, paper 5x8" 2017

untitled 17 (Jeremiah 9.13-10.16)
untitled 17 (Jeremiah 9.13-10.16)

charcoal, thread, beads, paper 8x5" 2017

untitled 18 (Matthew 3.10-4.22)
untitled 18 (Matthew 3.10-4.22)

thread, paper 8x10" 2017

untitled 19 (Genesis 15.1-16.10)
untitled 19 (Genesis 15.1-16.10)

charcoal, thread, beads, paper 8x5" 2017

untitled 20 (Psalm 92.13-95.11)
untitled 20 (Psalm 92.13-95.11)

graphite, cante, thread, paper 5x8" 2017

untitled 21 (Nehemiah 8.4-9.7)
untitled 21 (Nehemiah 8.4-9.7)

graphite, thread, paper 5x8" 2017

untitled 22 (Mark 14.67-15.31)
untitled 22 (Mark 14.67-15.31)

thread, charcoal, paper 8x5" 2017

untitled 23 (1 Corinthians 6.12-7.25)
untitled 23 (1 Corinthians 6.12-7.25)

graphite, thread, paper 5x8" 2017

Untitled 24 (Genesis 1:27-2:25)
Untitled 24 (Genesis 1:27-2:25)

charcoal, acrylic, thread on paper 5x8" 2017

Untitled 25 (Jeremiah 48:34-49:13)
Untitled 25 (Jeremiah 48:34-49:13)

charcoal, thread on paper 5x8" 2017

Untitled 26 (Genesis 4:4-5:14)
Untitled 26 (Genesis 4:4-5:14)

acrylic, ink, thread on paper 5x8" 2017

Untitled 27 (Acts 26:1-31)
Untitled 27 (Acts 26:1-31)

acrylic, ink, thread on paper 8x5" 2017

Untitled 28 (Psalm 1:1-4:9)
Untitled 28 (Psalm 1:1-4:9)

acrylic, pastel, thread on paper 8x5" 2017

Untitled 29 (Matthew 24:10-48)
Untitled 29 (Matthew 24:10-48)

graphite, thread on paper 5x8" 2017

Untitled 30 (Hebrews 11:35-12:24)
Untitled 30 (Hebrews 11:35-12:24)

acrylic, charcoal, thread on paper 5x8" 2017

Untitled 31 (Matthew 11:5-12:7)
Untitled 31 (Matthew 11:5-12:7)

acrylic, thread on paper 5x8" 2018

Untitled 32 (Jeremiah 13:4-14:5)
Untitled 32 (Jeremiah 13:4-14:5)

charcoal, graphite, acrylic, thread on paper 8x5" 2018

Untitled 33 (Lamentations 2:19-3:44)
Untitled 33 (Lamentations 2:19-3:44)

acrylic, graphite, charcoal, ink, thread on paper 8x5" 2018

Untitled 34 (Ezra 10:18-Nehemiah 1:11)
Untitled 34 (Ezra 10:18-Nehemiah 1:11)

graphite, thread, beads, on paper 5x8" 2019

Untitled 35 (Luke 8:12-41)
Untitled 35 (Luke 8:12-41)

graphite, thread, on paper 8x5" 2019

Untitled 36 (1 Kings 19:1-20:9)
Untitled 36 (1 Kings 19:1-20:9)

graphite, ink, thread, on paper 5x8" 2019

Untitled 37 (1 Peter 3:18-5:5)
Untitled 37 (1 Peter 3:18-5:5)

charcoal, graphite, ink, thread, on paper 5x8" 2019

Untitled 38 (Psalms 125:3-131:1)
Untitled 38 (Psalms 125:3-131:1)

charcoal, acrylic, thread, on paper 8x5" 2020

Untitled 39 (Judges 16:3-29)
Untitled 39 (Judges 16:3-29)

charcoal, thread, on paper 8x5" 2020

Untitled 40 (1 Samuel 17:18-46)
Untitled 40 (1 Samuel 17:18-46)

acrylic, thread, on paper 8x5" 2020