"Shema" - Original Artwork by Laura Donworth

- Laura Donworth

- Laura Donworth

"Shema"

Linocut Block Prints

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”

It is a high call that God gives us- to love Him with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to love our neighbor as ourselves. When thinking about this piece, I was challenged with the question- what does this truly look like for us? I decided to explore the idea through various figurative poses, representing the attitude of each of these types of love.

The first image represents loving God with all your heart, soul, and mind. The figures pose is based on the story of Mary in the gospel of Mark chapter 14, where she anoints Christ’s feet and washes them with her hair. For me, Mary’s unrestrained and vulnerable action in this passage has always been a model of utmost love for Christ.

The second image is to represent a love for God with all your strength. It is reminiscent of Ruth gleaning in the fields, committing herself to God’s will through the work of her body. So often I forget that my body, the way I treat it and the way I use it on a daily basis, are a way that I can love God.

The third image is to represent loving your neighbor as yourself, as Christ reminds us in Luke 10 through the story of the Good Samaritan. The Samaritan goes out of his way to comfort the stranger and to be generous to him. By having mercy on him, he was a neighbor to him. Christ challenges us to do the same- “Go and do likewise.”

Lent: The Vector of Vices & Virtues - Wrath

"Wrath" by George Courage

8" x 7.5"
Media: Acrylic on paper

Lenten Series Artwork

A visual expression of pure unreasoning, unrestrained fury, personified by a wolf with fang and snarl, reacting to pain or fear. Oblivious to the potential destructiveness of the that particular feeling. A beast that lives in the heart, untamed, ready to leap out and destroy.

Lent: The Vector of Vices and Virtues - Series Art

"7 Deadly Sins" by Andrew Manning

Lenten Series Artwork

The obscurity of the face and its assimilation with the surrounding areas of darkness and light reflect the anonymity that our sin brings over us. Light and darkness both act upon the static, expressionless face, making it appear helpless and apathetic. On account of  the reflectivity of the surface, the appearance of both the figure and his surroundings continually shift. At whatever angle it is viewed from, dark fades into light and light fades into dark. We are in a world where good and evil are at war, both around us and within us. The hope is that as the light of Christ becomes brighter and brighter, what appears as darkness in our lives will also reflect that light. 

Lent: The Vector of Vices and Virtues - Gluttony

"GLUTTONY" BY WALKER SIMONS

Lenten Series Artwork

When I started thinking of gluttony, the main thing that came to mind was of course excessive eating. I often see eating portrayed in two lights: Beautiful, tempting, colorful foods laid out in a cornucopia of delicious options; or the disgusting slobbering mess while someone mashes food into their face.  When it comes to gluttony, the portrayal is often some mythological creature or demon. This drawing joins these ideas using bright playful colors to shape a gross mass of flesh in the act of consumption. The head at the top is literally eating his own hand while someone's foot pokes out of the face on his back.

Gluttony is not only self-destructive but it impacts those around us as well.  Whether by literally taking so much that there is less left for others or by forcing the people who care for us to watch as we go through avoidable health problems. Yet I'm sure  most of us have playfully partaken in games, dares or competitions to eat as much as possible. Then we've also turned around and ridiculed or silently thought less of people who are overweight. Why do we have such a dichotomy of perspectives in regards to gluttony?

 

Lent: The Vector of Vices and Virtues - Lust

 

"Screw" by Levi Nelson

32" x 35.75", Mixed Media, Lenten Series Artwork - Lust

A screw in the informal usage is a cast-off sex act. It can potentially transform a complex human being into a functional object. However, even in it’s effort to strain for the casual a connection is implied by the word. A screw is also an object that changes the object that it bonds by boring a hole through it. You can back out a screw, but a hole remains. You can tear the connected objects apart with a crowbar and splinter the wood, but this changes the capability of both objects to form a stable whole again. That being said lust is a misdirection of inherently good desires. It is good to be passionate and to yearn, but it is not an end in and of itself. Through passionate confession all of our failings become gifts to those hiding behind either their purported goodness or suffocating shame. I have failed, but I cannot bring my failures back down from their death on the cross.