O Rex Gentium

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 sixth prayer as it appears on this panel:

O REX GENTIUM (Ruler of the Nations), your reign spreads through all the lands as you defend the cause of the poor and plead for the wretched of the earth; come and fashion us into a commonwealth of free and responsible creatures, that all may discover the depths of meaning and the grace of belonging; in the name of the One we know as King of Kings, 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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