Blog writing has been on the back burner for a couple of months now as I’ve been working on the projects and papers for my last two D.Min. courses. My goal is to complete my Theological Aesthetics paper tomorrow. That’s a big goal because I still have about half of a 15 to 20 page paper to write.
I’ve completed the art project and process paper for Art as Worship, Worship as Art. It’s taken just about a month to execute this piece, but it’s now properly posted and sent out for my colleagues to comment on, so I think I can post it here now.
I was originally going to do something in textile arts, specifically a baptismal stole, to fulfill the requirement for a piece of art for use in personal and/or corporate worship. But then I thought I really ought to do something that would stretch me more. Since I really enjoyed working on The Way of the Cross, I decided to do something in acrylics again. This time, however, I wanted lots of color.
We had been looking at triptychs during the class and I thought it might be fun to try making one myself. A triptych is an art piece on three panels, often carved wood or painted, usually hinged, so it can be hung or stood on its own as an altarpiece.
I based my triptych on my favorite biblical passage, Isaiah 43, using verses 1b-2:
Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.
I made the triptych so it could be free-standing on a worship table and be viewed from all sides. The front depicts verse 2 and has verse 1b painted in metallic gold in Hebrew across the lower portions.
The colors of the waters and flames swirl together around a central spiral of verse 2 in Hebrew on the back
and move around to create a smaller spiral as the triptych closes.
I happened to be working on this piece as word was coming in about the loss of Air France flight 447 from Brazil to Paris. It became an appropriate way to pray for the victims and to reflect upon God’s presence in the midst of the tragedies of our lives.
The finished triptych is 24 inches high by 32 inches wide; acrylic on wood.
This is an original piece of art. Please do not copy or post pictures anywhere without my written permission.