The Visual Arts

By engaging local, national and international artists, the Visual Arts Ministry explores the intersection of art and spirituality. The Visual Arts Ministry at Saint Mark’s continues to expand with an increased focus on connecting the community with visual art. As construction draws to a close, additional pieces from the existing collection will be highlighted around the cathedral. A gallery for exhibits showcasing local artists is being created in the office hallway.

Two major exhibits are scheduled for 2018. Stations of the Cross, chosen by a jury of community artists, participates in a tradition of religious imagery while leaving space for the audience to actively engage with the installation. A traveling exhibit, I AM, showcasing 31 female artists working in various mediums from 12 countries, celebrates the diversity of human expression.

UPCOMING EXHIBIT:

I AM

June 10-August 7, 2018
Opening program and reception – June 10, 5 p.m. at Saint Mark’s

“I AM” celebrates the rich, diverse and pivotal contribution that Middle Eastern women make to the enduring global quest for harmony and peace. The I AM exhibition is designed to address stereotypes and challenge misconceptions of the “other.” A visual celebration of the crucial role that Middle Eastern women play as guardians of peace, I AM celebrates their strengths and rich and diverse contributions in the enduring global quest for a more harmonious and peaceful future. The exhibition is organized by CARAVAN, an international peacebuilding arts non-profit that focuses on building bridges through the arts between the creeds and cultures of the Middle East and West.

More about the I AM Exhibition:
The I AM exhibition is guest curated by Janet Rady, a specialist in Middle Eastern contemporary art, and features 31 acclaimed women artists of Middle Eastern heritage from 12 countries. It will be on display at Saint Mark’s from June 10-August 7, 2018 as part of its 16-month USA tour. I AM premiered its global tour at the National Gallery of Fine Arts in Amman, Jordan in May 2017 under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah. It was then showcased on London’s Trafalgar Square at the historic St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and subsequently in the US at the American University Museum in Washington, D.C., followed by at The Center for the Arts in Jackson, Wyoming and Christ Church Cathedral in Cincinnati, Ohio.

About the Artists:
The 31 women artists participating in I AM are premier artists of Middle Eastern origin and cover a broad geographic area from 12 countries. Some noted emerging artists have also been selected for participation. Each artist was invited to create one original two or three-dimensional work in any still art medium for this exhibition: painting, drawing, collage, photography, digital art, mixed media and sculpture. Participating artists and their countries are: MARWA ADEL (Egypt), RAWAN Al ADWAN (Jordan), AFSOON (Iran), AHAAD ALAMOUDI (Saudi Arabia), ALIA ALI (Yemen), BOUSHRA ALMUTAWAKEL (Yemen), ZENA ASSI (Lebanon), SHEREEN AUDI (Jordan), MANAL DEEB (Palestine), MAITHA DEMITHAN (UAE), LALLA ESSAYDI (Morocco), MARIAM ALI FAKHRO (Bahrain), TAIBA FARAJ (Bahrain), FATEN GADDES (Tunisia), AZADEH GHOTBI (Iran), NERMINE HAMMAM (Egypt), HILDA HIARY (Jordan), CARELLE HOMSY (Egypt), LULWA AL-KHALIFA (Bahrain), MARWA AL KHALIFA (Bahrain), NABEELA AL KHAYER (Bahrain), GHADA KHUNJI (Bahrain), ANNIE KURKDJIAN (Lebanon), HANAA MALALLAH (Iraq), RANIA MATAR (Lebanon), RAEDA SAADEH (Palestine), NAGLA SAMIR (Egypt), SOHEILA SOKHANVARI (Iran), MAYASA AL SOWAIDI (Bahrain), WIJDAN (Jordan), HELEN ZUGHAIB (Lebanon).

About CARAVAN:
CARAVAN, which originated out of Cairo, Egypt, is an international peacebuilding arts non-profit that focuses on building bridges through the arts between the creeds and cultures of the Middle East and West. CARAVAN’s experience has shown that the arts can serve as one of the most effective mediums to enhance understanding, bring about respect, enable sharing, and deepen friendship between those of different faiths and cultures. Past CARAVAN exhibitions have resulted in unprecedented gatherings of renowned Middle Eastern and Western artists who use art for intercultural and interreligious dialogue, and have garnered attention from the international press, media and art world, attracting thousands of visitors. For more information on CARAVAN, see: www.oncaravan.org

CURRENT EXHIBITS:

Remembrance
Bronze, 2016. The metal flowers in this installation act as reminders of the enduring relationship between the living and the dead. In traditional Japanese Buddhist funerary practice, mourners place fresh flowers on and around the departed person in the casket to say the last goodbyes. Once it is filled with flowers, a lid is placed and sealed for cremation. The body adorned with flowers is burnt to bones and ashes. Confronting the material transition of the brightness of flowers to the colorlessness of ashes grants us a glimpse of life’s fleeting reality. The loss will never be recovered; only memories remain. In many respects, mourning never ends and this piece stands as a physical emblem of the acts of mourning that accompany us throughout our lives. These flowers, made from metal, will stay fresh for as long as it takes to remember and honor a beloved life.

Artist Midori Saito was born and raised in Japan and currently lives in Seattle, WA. She received a B.F.A. in Metal Design from the University of Washington in 2007. Her one-of-a-kind work has been exhibited in Wing Luke Museum, Seattle, WA; Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA and Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA.

ONGOING EXHIBITS:
Sanctuary, Josh Faught. Faught creates a textile that extends the length of the cathedral’s massive southeast pillar, still on display today. Through woven texts, sheet music, DVDs, and archival documents affixed to the textile’s face, the work integrates popular and sacred music, a supernatural soap opera, and records of gay politics, sexuality, and culture in Seattle. Bringing together craft, sociopolitical, and personal histories, Sanctuary also links expressions of romantic and erotic love with songs of praise and prayers. Read more about the work here and check out the Art in America feature on this piece here.

PAST EXHIBITS:
Stations of the Cross–Sculptural Reliefs by Virginia Maksymowicz
LENT 2018 (FEB. 14-MARCH 30), Event is free
Opening Reception: February 18, 2:30 p.m.
From Ash Wednesday through Good Friday, 2018, Saint Mark’s will exhibit Virginia Maksymowicz’s Stations of the Cross, cast sculptural reliefs in a tradition of religious imagery that dates back to the 13th century. Maksymowicz worked with a variety of models, culled from a wide range of ages and ethnicities. She explains, “I wanted the narrative of Christ’s passion and death to be represented in a way that is tensioned between the “specific” and the “universal.” Audio and text guides embedded in a mobile app (for Android and Apple) offer visitors several meditations to accompany their experience. For more information, or to participate in group experiences with the stations, contact Canon Daugherty, or Vi Lynk.

Read the article in the Episcopal Journal about the Stations

Check out the feature in Saint Mark’s quarterly magazine, The Rubric


CONTACT: Questions, or have an idea for a future exhibition? Please contact Vi Lynk, Visual Arts Ministry Chair.