Lil Copan



Hildegard of Bingen
Acrylic on canvas

Statement: Hildegard of Bingen has provided centuries of readers with writings on prayer as well as spiritual reflections, poetry, and medicinal and botanical instruction. Her generative output also included music and art. Her work continues to maintain strong resonance with contemporary readers.  And all of her writing, at its very root, is praise, is prayer.  She once wrote:


The fire has its flame and praises God. 
The wind blows the flame and praises God. 
In the voice we hear the word which praises God. 
And the word, when heard, praises God.
So all of creation is a song of praise to God.
--quoted in Matthew Fox's Original Blessing


Bio: Lil Copan is an artist, writer, and editor.  She is an “On Art” columnist for Christian Century Magazine. Her paintings often explore spiritual longing and human emotion—the cry of grief or joy directed toward the divine. Her interest in devotional folk art as well as the spiritual language of icons inform her work. You can find her work at



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