Title

Who is Jesus?

Lead Author Major

BFA Studio Art

Lead Author Status

Senior

Format

Senior Art and Design Exhibition

Faculty Mentor Name

Daniel Kasser

Faculty Mentor Email

dkasser@pacific.edu

Faculty Mentor Department

Visual Arts

Abstract/Artist Statement

Anneka Weinert’s series of watercolor illustrations, “Who is Jesus?,” brings ancient biblical stories to life. Following in the footsteps of storytelling traditions such as illuminated manuscripts, stained glass windows, and contemporary children's books, this series explores the character of Jesus, and tells key moments from the narrative of his life found in the book of Mark. Inspired by the artist’s own faith and relationship with Jesus, these illustrations invite the viewer to witness these biblical scenes for themselves--based on the images and accompanying stories, who do you say Jesus is?

The earthy and jewel-toned color scheme and heavy outlines draw stylistic inspiration from contemporary artist Shin Maeng and Gothic stained glass, again reflecting millennia of Christian art and storytelling. By portraying diversity of ethnicity, age, and gender, the artist seeks to provide entry points for the viewer to see themselves in the story and step in, as well as to help viewers identify with characters they may not physically resemble--a reminder to white Christians (including the artist) that we were never the main characters in this story, and making space for Christians of color to see themselves represented in God’s narrative.

Location

Reynolds Gallery

Start Date

19-4-2017 12:00 PM

End Date

13-5-2017 6:00 PM

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Apr 19th, 12:00 PM May 13th, 6:00 PM

Who is Jesus?

Reynolds Gallery

Anneka Weinert’s series of watercolor illustrations, “Who is Jesus?,” brings ancient biblical stories to life. Following in the footsteps of storytelling traditions such as illuminated manuscripts, stained glass windows, and contemporary children's books, this series explores the character of Jesus, and tells key moments from the narrative of his life found in the book of Mark. Inspired by the artist’s own faith and relationship with Jesus, these illustrations invite the viewer to witness these biblical scenes for themselves--based on the images and accompanying stories, who do you say Jesus is?

The earthy and jewel-toned color scheme and heavy outlines draw stylistic inspiration from contemporary artist Shin Maeng and Gothic stained glass, again reflecting millennia of Christian art and storytelling. By portraying diversity of ethnicity, age, and gender, the artist seeks to provide entry points for the viewer to see themselves in the story and step in, as well as to help viewers identify with characters they may not physically resemble--a reminder to white Christians (including the artist) that we were never the main characters in this story, and making space for Christians of color to see themselves represented in God’s narrative.