What is your only comfort in life and death?
on Stonehenge paper.
This image was inspired by the first question in the
Heidelberg catechism and my pregnancy. On All Saints Day
while I was pregnant, I was thinking of all the people who
have come before me. I was thinking about how this baby has
lots of saints that have lead his path already. I was thinking
about how there is only one hope as a mother for my little
baby. There is only one thing that brings me comfort when I
think about where this little baby will go and who he will
be. I wanted to create something for his room. I wanted it to
be calming. The only thing that is comforting in times of
trouble or stress is the first question and answer to the
Heidelberg catechism. That this little baby isn't mine but
belongs to God in life and in death. I want that to bring him
comfort too. I want him to think about all those Saints who
came before him and know they helped get him here and they
lift him up too. I guess this image is my prayer to my baby. I
hope that it will give him comfort and peace.
I am a 31-year-old mom who lives in Morgantown, WV. I work at
West Virginia University, and take printmaking classes here. I
take printmaking classes because I love it and look forward to
someday being accepted into the Masters program. I graduated
from Kent State University with an art education degree in
2005. I worked at the Ohio EPA for many years. While I worked
there I did liturgical art for my church in Akron Ohio, Akron
Christian Reformed Church. I got married and had a baby, and
then we moved to Morgantown for my husband's job. I would love
nothing more to be an art Educator and an artist. This year I
decided to work hard to accomplish those goals.
As an artist I focus on my own spirituality and spiritual
journey. I grew up in a very strict oppressive fundamental
church and that experience has leads the direction I take my
work. I create work that has feminist tones; that comments on
society and is full of conflict; and that comments on politics
and the lack of grace in our culture. All of that is coming
from my personal faith and my direct experiences in my early
life in the church.