Title

Reflections on Shalom

Format

Event

Faculty Mentor Name

Monika Meler

Additional Faculty Mentor Name

Lucinda Kasser

Abstract/Artist Statement

The Hebrew word שלום (shalom), generally translated as "peace", encompasses a far more holistic idea than our simple English word contains. Shalom is derived from a root that denotes completion and wholeness, and is commonly tied to the notion of perfection throughout Jewish literature. As a follower of Jesus, my art cannot help but intersect with my faith. The notion of shalom is tied up in my life, art, and faith because it is something so central to God's heart and character. In my artwork, the theme of shalom (as it was created, has been broken, and is being restored) threads through everything I do. My introspective work explores my own brokenness and tells my small part of the larger story of redemption that God is weaving. This series of mixed media/collage work presents a piece of an ongoing conversation between myself and God, depicted through garden imagery as he leads me from a state of self-sufficient drought to a place of dependent flourishing. The imagery I chose to use in this series flowed from scripture and prayer, and is such a very personal series. To broaden the audience and include the viewer in the story, each piece started with a mirror. The reflections this weaves into each piece draw in the viewer, and help them to see themselves in my journey and the larger story of redemption.

Location

Studio Art Building

Start Date

25-4-2016 6:00 PM

End Date

14-5-2016 6:00 PM

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Reflections on Shalom

Studio Art Building

The Hebrew word שלום (shalom), generally translated as "peace", encompasses a far more holistic idea than our simple English word contains. Shalom is derived from a root that denotes completion and wholeness, and is commonly tied to the notion of perfection throughout Jewish literature. As a follower of Jesus, my art cannot help but intersect with my faith. The notion of shalom is tied up in my life, art, and faith because it is something so central to God's heart and character. In my artwork, the theme of shalom (as it was created, has been broken, and is being restored) threads through everything I do. My introspective work explores my own brokenness and tells my small part of the larger story of redemption that God is weaving. This series of mixed media/collage work presents a piece of an ongoing conversation between myself and God, depicted through garden imagery as he leads me from a state of self-sufficient drought to a place of dependent flourishing. The imagery I chose to use in this series flowed from scripture and prayer, and is such a very personal series. To broaden the audience and include the viewer in the story, each piece started with a mirror. The reflections this weaves into each piece draw in the viewer, and help them to see themselves in my journey and the larger story of redemption.