[June 17, 2010] (Art Night 3.1)
I revisited my attempt to make dark layered art inspired by Jeremiah 8:14-22.
I had a vision of a an entire canvas painted black, but as I was deciding on what kind of paper to use, I saw this big brown paper and decided that would work well enough.
The red beads are glued on, so when dry the white there should be clear.
No one is surprised that I'm more comfortable with ~collage (esp. text-heavy) than I am with free-hand painting.
The Israelites traveled around Mount Hor along the road to the Sea of Reeds in order to avoid Edom. But the people grew impatient along the way, and they addressed their concerns to God and Moses: "Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the desert? We have no bread! We have no water! And we are disgusted with this terrible food!"
Then YHWH sent venomous snakes among the people. They fatally bit many of the people. So the people came to Moses and said, "We sinned when we spoke against YHWH and against you. Intercede for us, and ask that God remove these snakes from us."
So Moses prayed for the people. And YHWH said to Moses, "Make a snake and put it on the end of a pole. Anyone who is bitten and looks at it will live." So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then whenever the people were bitten by a snake, they looked at the bronze snake and lived.
Now the word of YHWH came to me and said:
"Before I formed you in the womb, I chose you.
Before you were born, I dedicated you.
I appointed you as a prophet to the nations."
I said, "But Sovereign YHWH!
I don't know how to speak! I'm too young!"
But YHWH said,
"Do not say, 'I am too young.'
Now go wherever I send you.
And say whatever I command you.
Do not fear anyone,
for I am with you to protect you.
It is YHWH who speaks."
Then YHWH touched my mouth and said to me,
"Look, I am putting my words in your mouth.
This day I appoint you
over nations and territories,
to uproot and to tear down,
to destroy and to overthrow,
to build and to plant."
See, I am letting snakes loose among you,
adders that cannot be charmed,
and they shall bite you, says YHWH.
[June 17, 2010] (Art Night 3.2)
Yeah, having finished the piece I had in mind, I really had no idea what else I wanted to do.
I had another printout of the Bible passages, though, so I just went with that and played for a bit. (I also -- unintentionally -- learned more about different kinds of paint.) And no, it didn't occur to me until just now that the slashes of paint mimic snakes. (The red snake is a snake on purpose.)
[June 17, 2010] (Art Night 3.3)
I mentioned collage, right?
I played around with the Jeremiah 2 passage as I had with the Numbers one, but I felt like I'd already done in the first piece all the stuff I wanted to do with that. Julia was browsing magazines for collage, so I decided to do that (Metropolitan Museum of Art catalog ftw).