O Clavis David

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 fourth prayer as it appears on this panel:

O CLAVIS DAVID (Key of David), you open the way to a promising future that no one closes; you close the way to a formative past and no one opens: release us and all your people from the oppressions of the past that we may face the future with boldness and purpose; through the merits of the Son of David, Jesus 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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