Linda Witte Henke


Cotton fabric, synthetic felt, applique, stitching,Embroidery, found objects

Artist Statement: This series was inspired by "The Great O Antiphons," a collection of prayers dating back as far as the fourth or fifth centuries that are intended for use during the final seven days before Christmas. The prayers, which address God using several Old Testament titles and express a growing sense of urgency for the Messiah’s coming, give voice to poignant human longings that are as relevant today as they were in centuries past. This is the version of the first prayer as it appears on this panel:

O SAPIENTIA (Wisdom), your words uttered in the beginning generated a world of beauty and goodness, giving purpose and value to each creature; instruct us in the ways of truth and understanding, that we may nurture the world with justice and joy and that the world’s beauty and goodness may flourish; through the One whom we know as the Wisdom of the Ages, even Christ our Lord. The works in this series were created from cotton fabric, cotton batting, and synthetic felt that was dyed, painted, stenciled, and stamped, then embellished with appliqué, improvisational stitching, hand embroidery, and found objects (metal hardware and plastic stars).

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