Art Has A Capacity

 

Art has a unique capacity to seize upon one or another aspects of a message and to translate it into colors, forms and sounds which reinforce the intuition of those who are looking or listening.

The Cork Art Cross

LETTER TO ARTISTS - SAINT JOHN PAUL II

 

"Society, in effect, has a need for artists... Precisely when, in the realization of truely valuable and beautiful art work, they obey their inspiration, they not only enrich the cultural patrimony of each nation and of the entirety of humanity, but they also render a social service qualified as being a public benefit." 

Religious Art created from corks

The cross of the Christ child

The faith - art connection

 

” How great is the mystery of the cross! "

 

As an artist I believe in a capacity and ability to create significant art. That belief is personal. It is inspired by believing in a source, by having faith and being faithful. Faith accepts and embraces the unbelievable. It offers forgiveness to those who ignore art or who are uninspired by it.

 

Created during Jubilee of the Misericorde (mercifulness) year, the Cross of the Christ child invites a viewer to stroll among theological virtues, sensing them anew. By its gaiety, it seeks to reopen the viewers’ approach to the message entrusted to the Church by Christ. It insists on art’s unique capacity to take facets of that message and to translate it into colors and shapes.The Cross is a place of gathering, of sharing. It is a symbol of belief, constantly evolving. It offers communication with others and with self, with dreams and emerging realities. Religious art instructs visually, forcefully. It shares and enlarges belief. The Cross of the Christ child is a personal affirmation of Saint John Paul II’s 1999 Letter… To Artists.


The Cross of the Christ child (306 x 236 x 33cm) is a collage whose corks are uniquely from wine of the historic L’énfant Jésus  vineyard situated in the Grèves area, nearby Beaune, France.The curved cross measures over three meters in height. It is decorated with corks on all surfaces (front, sides & back) to a maximum thickness of 33cm. Its rare corks (about 2000) are glued to a beech wood core. On each side of the vertical member of the cross are different figurative interpretations of the three theological virtues: faith, hope and charity. Faith is represented by a cross, Hope by an anchor and Charity/Compassion by an enflamed heart. The uplifting horizontal member of the cross presents largely abstract designs.


 


BEAUTY

 

Beauty is the key to mystery and directs us to transcendance. It is an invitation to savor life and to dream of the future. 

Exotique Religious Art