Things too wonderful for me

Two things triggered the beginnings of these prints. The first was a phrase from Psalm 131: My heart is not proud, Lord, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. The second were these images of Loteria Mexican Bingo cards. I love the simple graphic images that have that raw 4 color process appearance. The word “ephemeral” originally emphasized the essence of things that were very temporary or short-lived. This also fits into a Christian mindset regarding our lives this side of heaven.

I’m intrigued by the emotional connection or association one can make when seeing various visual images. Numerous signs and symbols, many of them associated with worship, have developed over the two thousand years of Christianity, but really there are so many images that one can make a connection with, to make a quiet personal reflection and association. The ones that I have selected for this series are not ones that are typical, but in reality they do have Christian implications. Without question, the Latin cross—a lower case, t-shaped cross—is the most recognized symbol of Christianity today. However, over the centuries many other markings, identifiers, and distinguishing signs have represented the Christian faith.

For example the parachute: skydivers have complete faith in the parachute before they jump, trusting that it will stop them from crashing into the ground. When things get difficult we need to have faith in our faith…jump and trust. The broom: a couple of associations – a plea to God that he not sweep me away with sinners, and a gospel message from Isaiah 43:25: it is I who sweep away your transgressions for my own sake and remember your sins no more.

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