This composition is based on the petition from The Lord’s Prayer, save us from the time of trial. As a child I was taught, save us from temptation. Having lived through a life altering trial, I prefer the more contemporary version.
I selected the image for this week as Christians near the observance of Holy Week. I am also studying it more closely for how I placed the elements in the square frame.
I am sharing it online, as a reminder to us all to seek justice, love kindness, and to walk humbly. That focus may be some ease to our own trials and temptations.
My art friend Marsha once defined my style as complex primitive. I rejoiced to hear that.
I have worked for years evolving complexity in my work. Initially I used it to create greater energy in the compositions. Today, I employ the techniques to give depth. I work to express hope and love in my art. Complexity helps the viewer find a comfortable starting point.
Primitive shapes are my starting point because I cut out designs far more often than draw them. I like simple shapes as a distillation, the removal of specific qualifiers to create a more universal image.
In this stole for Lent, the hand dyed fabric is quiet in tone but complex in pattern. The raw edge appliqued cross suggests reflective and penitent thought. The message is clear, but merits more than one look.