This journey began visiting churches and basilicas in Barcelona, Spain. The church Sagrada Famila is famous worldwide and has been under construction for over a 100 years and should be complete by 2025. Then there is the church in Chamayo, NM where a small Catholic church is the site of great healing miracles, attributed to dirt around the area that provided many with healing miracles. From my world view, church buildings were built to inspire us to focus on God. There were created to provide hope and to point our lives away from the earthly realm and focus on the heavenly beyond. Both church’s focus on God, connecting us to the heavenly realms, and encouraging the participant to focus on “looking” up.
My artwork focused on “this” invisible God who showed Himself to the people in a many different ways but my focus has been on the Pillar of Cloud, guiding the mass exodus during the day in the desert, and at night as a Pillar of Fire providing the escaping masses, a guiding light.
According to the story, God was visible…in a desolate desert, guiding the route and lighting the path and providing evidence of His existence. Exodus 13:20 is the start of the story, where now God exits the burning bush to emerge as a “Cloud” and a “Pillar of Fire”.
My artists persona wanted to create this vision which led me to explore the mysterious realms of native folklore and culture, and the grandeur of a culture exposed to Christianity 2,000 years ago. “In the Cloud” began as a collage of cast resin and wood pieces with an intent to capture an image of an “invisible God”. In these pieces, Earth’s elements of sky, fire, earth and air are my way of capturing the essence of God. God is in the very nature of each element and represented by Light, Clouds and Fire.