Karin Soderholm - Ripped and Mended (an exercise of reclaimation)
I have long been attracted to the Japanese aesthetic of Kintsugi- the art of fixing broken ceramics with gold, which highlights (instead of hiding) the beauty of the imperfect. Using broken or ripped materials in my artwork, I love the aesthetic of the beautiful imperfect. In this piece, I used two contrasting fabrics- a dull, rough linen and a bright blue lace. The linen is ripped down the middle, mended and made whole again but not with something utilitarian or hidden. Instead the rip is highlighted with this delicately strong piece of lace. Just as the curtain in the temple in Jerusalem that was torn in half from top to bottom in the moment when Jesus died, changing forever the relationship between God and man, so the bold pattern of the blue lace is not only filling the space in the torn linen, it is also spreading on to the rough surface. The power of the lace is reclaiming the the rough and torn, just as the power of Jesus reclaimed the old ways of coming to God.
Garrett Larson - Fear of Art
This piece is a representation of the fear I have for starting a new work of art. The white on the canvas is the start of a blank white surface and the intimidation of making a wrong mark on this fresh background. The aerosol can is a representation of the artist’s hand, as well as the medium of that piece the artist is creating. The puddle of red on this piece is a metaphor for the artist’s passion for their concept for the piece they are creating by pouring their heart out into each movement creating that piece of art.
Harriet Maggi Olds - In Christ
This quilt is based on several sermons I heard in January 2013 at Foothills Community Church. It is God inspired beyond the embroidered references which call us to see ourselves as God sees us and to embrace the mission of Jesus. Discover some of the symbolism within the quilt with these hints: living water, the stripes endured and blood shed for us, the center and source of the believer’s life, the celebration of believers in heaven and the abiding branches.
Jennifer Bunge - Trinity - Acrylic and mixed media
My painting is loosely based on the Rublev “Trinity” icon from the 15th century, also known as “The Hospitality of Abraham.” In my painting, my Grandmother (standing) represents the “hospitable Abraham.” She is shown in the process of giving a blessing to my mother and me although we are clearly undeserving. In this scene, her action represents reclamation: recovering those things which have been discarded and restoring that which has been damaged.
Sandra Hopkins - The Pilgrimage of Denudation - Reclaimed textiles
Denudation is the process of water carrying mountains to the sea. Rain, rivers, frost and ice loosen soil and strips away the surface. Over time and generations, water moves the soil to the sea and beauty emerges. I am struck with how this process mirrors our Christian life as we are reclaimed and carry out the work of reclamation. The restoration of all things: the pilgrimage of our Christian life.
Tara Lynnsmith McConnell - Blessed and Beloved
What we believe about ourselves is sometimes derivative from the world around us, and how we perceive who society regards us to be. Often when the bombardment of cultural messages dictates our significance, it becomes difficult to sift through the prescribed categories and determine what is true. It can become normal to live with a limited perspective about our significance, resulting in limited behavior, or self-reducing beliefs. Conversely God, who created us as good, who embodies love in the world, tells us that we are blameless, precious, whole, loved, and blessed. The piece Blessed and Beloved explores the dichotomy between society-driven naming and God-driven naming and asks us to examine how that which we believe about ourselves informs our lives, but most importantly reclaims a freeing and powerful alternative to misperceptions from society.
J.I. Karner - The Lamb
In The Lamb, I wanted to portray an aspect of Christ we often underemphasize. We like the humble, gentle, meek servant Jesus–the Lamb Who Was Slain, but we get uncomfortable around the Jesus who overturned tables, and used a whip on money-changers, and said, “I come not to bring peace, but a sword.” This Jesus scares us. This is the Jesus who will judge the world. This fierce, untamable, utterly overpowering Lion is The Lamb we serve. This is the Lion whose death as The Lamb tore the curtain of the Temple and opened access to God to humankind. This is the Lion who subverts all religion and rule and institutions of Man. This is The Lamb we serve. Ultimate power restraining ultimate power–meekness perfected. The God-Man, the Lion-Lamb.
Levi Nelson - Kintsugi - Acrylic on canvas
My work is about de-rationalizing ordered structures. The tearing away of surface elements allows for a simple faded structure to be informed by a violent and disruptive complexity. The work is a personal meditation upon brokenness as an inescapable state of perpetual reliance. Reality has a brutal tendency of exposing false personal narratives. The revelation of the damaged self feels incredibly violent and can only be offset by a larger and more meddlesome conception of grace. I see grace as a beautiful lived rejection of boring self-sufficiency schemes. A structure is sufficient until it becomes damn impossible to live out.
Sandra Jean Ceas - Return to Me - Oil on linen
The word “reclaim” came to me in a message from Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, asking me to reclaim His voice in art. In Latin the word is “reclamare,” and means to cry out against. I felt a call to create a work of art that reflects a powerful desire to retrieve, repossess and rescue what formerly belonged to Him. The dove symbol has many meanings to include a heavenly visitation, a sojourn of the soul and a peaceful restoration. In this piece titled, Return to Me, I envisioned God’s messenger sweeping the chaos of spiritual confusion to release a narrow passageway to His mercy, and a flight towards His realm of serenity and grace. For me, the subtle shades of white enact the ephemeral nature of the plea.
Jonathan Myers - Beyond the Breakers - Acrylic on canvas
Right before you do something meaningful you feel it hanging on with its weakening
You know that you gotta stand up.
You must push through.
It's worth it.
This is important.
You determine to move beyond the discomfort and the pain.
You step out in faith trusting that there is a next step where your foot is about to fall.
You push past the breakers and find yourself sailing on the open sea.
Katina Lowe - Eternity Entering Time - Oil on canvas
My alarm went off at 7am, early for a Saturday, but I wanted to do my Bible study before getting my chores done. I always drink Earl Grey in the morning, something about it is just perfect because, it’s like calming and energizing at the same time. After my study, I spent some time on Instagram, but it’s hard to get excited about much when you know the Romans monitor everything we do as well as the annoying Pharisees are always looking for a reason to stone a gal. At least we have the hope of the Messiah; he will set everything right… one day. Can it get much worse? Wait! What’s going on, that light is blinding!
Melissa Carmon - Spirit of Reclamation
When land needs to be reclaimed, it is usually because some force has overtaken it— whether a flood, or an oil spill, or erosion. This lead me to think about the necessary conditions that often precede personal reclamation. When parts of a person’s life need reclaimed, it usually means that some force has overtaken an area of one’s heart, mind, or body. In order to reclaim something, it takes determination, and if we need to reclaim something personal, it takes courage. It requires bravery and resolve to move against something that has overcome a person once already. This requires a certain brand of faith, which might more aptly be called moxy. There are costs involved in reclamation, and the attitude and strength of will required for the task