Arts Administration, Arts Ministry, Education, Liturgical Design, Painting
Artist / Personal Statement
In my work, I am attempting to evoke the sense of eternity, of the divine presence, that I find in traditional artforms, as well as in the gleam of flickering candles, or in a night sky filled with stars. As an analogue to my belief that every time and place participates in God’s self-revelation, I combine elements from the icon tradition of the Eastern branches of Christianity; the elaborate knot work found in Celtic artifacts; the space-filling patterns of Islamic tiles; folk motifs from Latin America, Africa, and Asia; and contemporary notions about art. The resulting paintings are intended as an offering into the life of the Body of Christ, my own prayers made visible as an invitation to others.
Accomplishments / CV
Deborah Sokolove has recently retired as the Director of the Henry Luce III Center for the Arts and Religion at Wesley Theological Seminary, where she also taught courses in art and worship. She received her B.A. and M.F.A. from California State University at Los Angeles; a Master of Theological Studies degree from Wesley Theological Seminary; and the Ph.D. in Liturgical Studies from Drew University. Before coming to Wesley as Artist-in-Residence in 1994, she taught art, design, and computer imaging at the university level. In recent years, she has been a regular contributor to ARTS, the journal of the Society for Religious and Theological Studies, and her essays have appeared in several books on religion and the arts. Her work has been shown locally and nationally, and is represented in numerous collections.