Fast forward to this coming Monday October 10: I will be exhibiting a selection of collages and screening my film Spirit Ship at the Arts Fair hosted by the 2011 Duke Divinity School's Convocation and Pastor's School, "Drawn into Scripture: Arts and the Life of the Church." While the conference runs both Monday and Tuesday, the Arts Fair will be happening only on Monday, from 9:30am - 5:30pm, in the Great Hall (next to Page Auditorium), on Duke's Main Campus. Dr. Begbie will speak, as well as author Marilynne Robinson, and Anthony Kelley and the BLAK Ensemble will present the "new blues", in a performance entitled "Instantaneous Infinity…or,Thinking Beyond the Page in Musical and Human Connection and Communication.” In preparation I have been reading Begbie's book Resounding Truth: Christian Wisdom in the World of Music (2007), and I hope to pick up Robinson's Housekeeping, which I have been meaning to read for some time.
The collages I will be showing will be a combination of works on paper and fabric, with the common theme of incorporating biblical text into the work. The way I use various verses from scripture might be considered "taken out of context," but that is just a way I have found of working that enables me to approach the text in a deeper way. So while I don't hope to comprehend the meaning of the Bible when only taken in fragments, I do want to be open to the Still Small Voice and how it speaks, in whispers and in the unexpected moments.
|"I will gather you," (Ezekiel 22:20). Gel medium transfer, seed, silk, thread on canvas. 2008. 7 x 5 inches.|
|Mental Decoy and Burlap Arms. Wire, fabric, cat scan. 2000.|