Every moment and every event of everyman's life on earth plants something in his soul. For just as the wind carries thousands of winged seeds, so each moment brings with it germs of spiritual vitality that come to rest imperceptibly in the minds and wills of men.
This piece is part of the 2018 Exquisite Corpse Games http://exquisitecorpsegames.com, a blind artistic collaboration, in which each artist was randomly assigned the creation of a head, torso, or legs. The assembled pieces were unveiled at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Pete, FL on Nov 1, 2018.
This encaustic piece, Choices, was inspired by a quote from C.S. Lewis:
Every time you make a choice you are turning the central part of you, the part of you that chooses, into something a little different than it was before.
I sit in darkness. I sit in human silence.
I begin to hear the eloquent night.
The world of this night resounds from heaven to hell with animal eloquence.
With the savage innocence of a million unknown creatures.
The enormous vitality of their music pounds and rings and throbs and echoes
until it gets into everything, and swamps
the whole world in its neutral madness.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer & supplication with gratitude, make your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will protect your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
This piece is part of the 2017 Exquisite Corpse Games http://exquisitecorpsegames.com, a blind artistic collaboration, in which each artist was randomly assigned the creation of a head, torso, or legs. The assembled pieces were unveiled at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Pete, FL on Nov 2, 2018.
My piece, True Self, is the torso portion of the completed work. It was inspired by a quote by C.S. Lewis:
What I call my ‘self’ now is hardly a person at all. It’s mainly a meeting place for various natural forces, desires and fears, etc., some of which come from my ancestors, and some from my education, some perhaps from devils. The self you were really intended to be is something that lives not from nature but from God.
O be still while
You are still alive,
And all things live around you speaking
(I do not hear)
To your own being,
Speaking by the Unknown
That is in you and in themselves.
My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in the secret place,
When I was woven in the depths of the earth,
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
All the days ordained for me were written in Your book
Before one of them came to be.
Compassion asks to go where it hurts, to enter into the places of pain, to share in brokenness, fear, confusion, and anguish. Compassion challenges us to cry out with those in misery, to mourn with those who are lonely, to weep with those in tears. Compassion requires us to be weak with the weak, vulnerable with the vulnerable, and powerless with the powerless. Compassion means full immersion in the condition of being human.