When it comes to art, it has been a busy few months both inside and out of the studio. I run workshops on a monthly basis that explore the link between art and faith and over the last couple of sessions we used part of our time to organise and create work for a large scale collaborative project which we opened to members of our church as a creative way to celebrate Easter. As we entered Lent we came up with 40 words and phrases which express something of who Jesus is and what was accomplished when he died on the cross and rose again three days later. Each word or phrase was then allocated to different individuals so that unique artworks could be created centred around each chosen phrase. The result was that the original list of 40 words and phrases was translated into a group of 40 images.
We also took the list of words and used them to create a large calligram. We used the words to build a picture of Jesus' hands, reminding ourselves and viewers that these qualities belong to him and he is the reason we celebrate Easter. Seeing the smaller artworks displayed alongside the larger image worked really well as each smaller image helped us to reflect on what each individual phrase really means rather that just seeing them as a bunch of fancy words.
It was a fun project to organise and a nice way to celebrate Easter. We exhibited the artworks at church for a few weeks and it was lovely to see people enjoy them - not just those who took part but other members of the church and visitors too!