Hands


The earth is the Lord's and everything in it,the world and all who live in it.

Psalm 24:1

 

The hands, which represent God, extend over the frame to demonstrate the blurring of the boundary between the divine and the human orders.  The mosaic is designed to show God presenting the world as His perfect work, but also an element of tenderness as the hands cradle His creation.   

 



Tree


He is like a tree planted by streams of water.

Psalm 1:3

 

This design was created with the intent of developing the techniques learned during the creation of 'Hands'.  I chose Psalm 1 initially as I had just spent time translating the verse from the original Hebrew.

 



Hills


He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside quiet waters.

Psalm 23:2

 

This mosaic was first worked as a companion piece to 'Hands', as it represents Psalm 23, however it is now is the second part of a triptych with 'Cross' which represents Psalm 22.

 

 


Cross


They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing.

Psalm 22:18

 

This is the final part of the triptych with 'Hands' and 'Cross'.  The cross is such a familiar symbol that I wanted to include an element that would raise questions. The items in the right hand corner of the design represent the 'casting of the lots'.

 

 


Candle


You, O Lord, keep my lamp burning;my God turns my darkness into light.

Psalm 18:28

 

This mosaic presented the challenge of representing a flame with its surrounding glow against a dark background.






Dance


You turned my wailing into dancing you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy.

Psalm 30:11

 

The flow of the lines in this piece creates a dramatic sense of movement within the piece.  It was inspired by a friend who loves to worship God through dance.

 

 

 



Banner


His banner over me is love.

Song of Songs 2:4

 

A companion piece to 'Dance' worked in the same colour way to bring a sense of continuity.

 



Mary

 

As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you

Isaiah 66:13

 

Another piece inspired by a course on Isaiah, though with direct and obvious links to the Christmas story.   At the start of the New Year I wanted to create a piece that expressed nurture and comfort in the face of the unknown.


Chain


…you have freed me from my chains.

Psalm 116:16

 

This chain was originally intended to represent God breaking personal chains, but it can also represent the chains that we are called to break on the behalf of others to bring God’s restoration to a broken world

 

 

Eagle 

But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. 

Isaiah 40:31

This piece was designed with the intention of depicting the hope found by putting trust in God.

Magi

"After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem."

Matthew 2:1


This piece is part of a series, along with "Mary", focused on Christmas themes.  This was an opportunity to use many of the vibrant rich colours available in the magazine pages.

 
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