mortality, mystery, and glory
Art-making, by its nature, presses into the bittersweet sensation of having one foot in a tangible world that will pass away while having the other foot in the world of unseen, everlasting joy. In early 2018, as I finished work on an exhibition dealing with human suffering and the passion of Jesus Christ, it became clear to me that I wanted to do an extended meditation on mortality and transience through the book of Ecclesiastes.
I could never have imagined then that I would open an exhibit of this work on March 8, 2020, just days before the COVID-19 pandemic would dramatically alter daily life in the United States. In the midst of this crisis, there has been a collective wail of loss and grief rising up around the world. We are not living in a time of conceptual instability and loss. No matter what our worldview, we do not need to be convinced that we stand on shaking ground, or that what we thought was secure was in fact just passing.
The voice of the Preacher in Ecclesiastes echoes our fears. We will not find hope by burying our heads in the sand, or by clinging to the things that pass away. If the earth is shaking, we need to find something steady to cling to for stability. Through this work, I offer an extended meditation on these ideas, which have resonated in all seasons of history and in any kind of grief or loss.
My prayer is that this work will be encouraging to you as you navigate life's uncertain waters. The world may be passing away, but the hope that God offers is an unshakeable one. And while the world passes, there is a God who promises us an eternal dwelling place in himself, who is from everlasting to everlasting.
This work is a traveling exhibit.
The Geheimnis soft-cover book contains all of the artwork, essays, and behind-the-scenes photos from this body of work. They are 6"x9" and 97 pages. Each book is signed by the artist.