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Two Paintings by Melissa Weinman
Feb. 14 through April 1
“Lent is our time to hold the tension of the Paschal Mystery in full force, as uncomfortable as that may be for us,” says the Dean. “We are people of hope, to be sure, steadfastly embraced by a loving God, but we cannot get to Easter and the joy of resurrection except through the darkness of Good Friday and the cross. Christ has invited us to go there with him and with all in our time who know the anguish, terror and pain of that dark experience.”
About the paintings:
72” x 60”; Oil on canvas; 2012
"I know these angels exist and I wanted to honor them in some way. I also wanted to remind myself and others that we are so supremely loved by God that even angels have their eyes trained on us, we are never alone, and our trials are but dim reflections of the spiritual battles that are waged on our behalf in the unseen."
156" x72"; oil on canvas; 1999
"Tenebrae, which is the Latin for darkness, refers to the three hours of darkness that occurred between 6 and 9 on the day Christ was crucified. I chose the darkness as a visual metaphor for grief, thus Tenebrae is a fitting title for my painting of the grief-stricken Mother Mary on the day of Christ’s death. …
Mother Mary convulses with grief in the foreground while another Mother Mary (we see her in two phases of torment, literally split in two by the ferocity of her feeling) pulls her from behind and throws her head back to utter a cry, which is nearly stifled by the blade of light coming over the horizon at her neck. The viewer must cross over the water (often a metaphor for rite of passage) to reach the side in which the landscape is calm and serene under a brilliant light, leaking from between the clouds. This is a sign of hope, as well as the promise of resurrection.
TO LEARN MORE about the artist and her work or to purchase the paintings, go to www.melissaweinman.com.