Art has the ability to express very poignantly the range of emotions and thoughts one experiences in life.
At its best, art is able to do what Fujimura believes what it can do:
“satisfy our deep longing for beauty and communicate profound spiritual, intellectual, and emotional truth about the world that God has made for his glory.”
Especially in light of lent, we felt that this season is more than just a season of fasting from our indulgences. Rather, it serves as a time to actively prepare and align our hearts to the story of Christ and the hope that is found in his death and resurrection.
It is with this spirit, we here at New Mercy would like to invite you on an artistic and meditative journey through this lenten season and beyond. Starting from the creation narratives to the glorious redemption found in Christ, members here at New Mercy and its pastoral staff will be contributing meditations through the form of words, visual arts, and sounds. It is our hope, that in a world that is more focused on consuming goods than creating them, that we may capture and connect you to the beautiful essence of the arts and the Christian message.
I view the Sabbath as a command to take a step outside of ourselves and re-align with our Lord. Part of our intended design was to observe and enjoy God's creations (along with our own) as an ultimate act of worship to Him. To be in awe and wonder through the joy and rest we experience by taking it all in. Only through this practice, can we muster up the energy and inspiration to powerfully impact our own work.
Unfortunately for me, when I searched “Eden” on Google Images, I was greatly dissatisfied with the images that other artists had created. I guess it is hard to depict Eden, when none of us have been there before. I know that in Genesis 2, when Scripture describes Eden, it says “The LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground”, but I expected more than just green leaved trees. So, instead of copying other artists, I thought deeper about what Eden was.
As Dekae posted, he believes God's primary mode of communication is through words, and typography is another vehicle for expressing and emphasizing those words to make them stick. No way am I suggesting we are more "perfect" now over God due to the addition of type faces, but it truly is amazing to know that God has entrusted us with language. God has gifted us with language, and to be stewards of it, so that we may be able to communicate and emphasize greater aspects of God's truth in this world.
Photo has an interesting way of telling stories. It captures an essence of something that is either soon forgotten or left unseen. And we can say that the Christian faith can be seen in the same light: from the subtleties of God’s creation to the beauties found in human interaction.
I’m very familiar with chaos of the emotional variety. Something small can set you off, and without realizing it, your emotions start careening at breakneck speed in unpredictable directions. When you finally come out of the episode, you sometimes don’t even realize how you ended up at the thought or feeling from where you started.
Looking at this piece of art that Dizzy designed made me audibly go "wow". I even asked Dizzy to sell me this artwork. I seriously couldn't stop looking at it; I even examined the picture over and over throughout the entire day. From the multifaceted and multi-layered interpretation of the earth to the harmonious, glorious representation of the Trinity, everything looked just right. This my friend, is a perfect example of how I see the Trinity.