The above drawing, along with the poem by Joy Patterson that inspired it, was published by The Curator, a web publication of the International Arts Movement. Their mission is to “encourage, promote, and uncover the artifacts of culture—those things humans create—that inspire and embody truth, goodness, and beauty.”
“Anamnesis” by Joy Patterson”
See the lights from above and try
to pick out familiar places
in glowing cul-de-sacs,
highways, restaurants, homes.
Might as well stare at a fire,
find patterns in soft glowing coals—
Click on the link to read the rest of the poem- http://www.curatormagazine.com/joy-patterson-jacob-rowan/anamnesis/
In the Beginning by Makoto Fujimura
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
I was reading from the Four Holy Gospels this morning and was utterly captivated by this painting. I can’t think of a work of art that more beautifully suggests the pre-creation void and the theology of Christ being the physical manifestation of God through which creation was made. When I look at this painting I feel like I am looking into the depths of a void swirling with the raw matter of the universe, waiting to be solidified by the Word of God. Even in that formless void there is beauty, light, glory, and the promise of blood to be spent for our salvation.