The Encounters Series

The sculptures in this series portray encounters between the human and the Divine.

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Peniel, resin
After Jacob wrestled with the angel of Lord, he called the place Peniel because he said, “I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved” (Genesis 32:30).  Several years ago I read a memoir *  by Madeleine L’Engle in which she talks about Jacob’s battle with the angel. She writes that Jacob was marked forever by his encounter with God, and that the same should be true of all believers. This piece became a sort of icon to me; as I created it I meditated on what it means to be marked by Christ.  

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Beside Still Waters, bronze (13″W x 9″D x 10″H)

This piece is inspired by the 23rd Psalm and is meant to communicate the contentment, security, and peace that comes from being aware of the faithfulness of God.

 

 

Crossroads: Saul on the Road to Damascus (Acts 9), bronze (24″W x 24″D x 24″H)

Based on the account in Acts chapter nine, this piece depicts the moment when Saul of Tarsus is confronted on the Damascus road by a vision of the risen Christ.  It represents not only the historical biblical narrative, but the universal experience of believers in Jesus Christ when they are confronted with the complete change of direction that encountering the Truth demands.

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Bound, bronze (11″W x 4.5″D x 3″H)

Inscribed in Greek on the back of this statue are the words of Romans 7:24b, the translation of which is, “Who will save me from this body of sin and death?”  Here a female figure is draped in funerary clothes, representing man’s spiritual condition before he is called by the Holy Spirit to new life in Jesus Christ.

 

Touch of Faith, bronze (26″W x 11″D x 12″H)

“And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse.  She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment.  For she said, ‘If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.’  And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease.  And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone out of him, immediately turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my garments?” … And he looked around to see  who had done it.  But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him and told him the truth.  And he said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.’”  Acts 9:25-34

Daily Bread, bronze (3.25W x 8.25D x 4.5H)

This sculpture is one of my most explicitly Christian pieces, and a very personal one. The composition changed several times. At first I had his head down and his arms raised higher, hands apart. Gradually the pose you see now emerged. This is the first in what I hope to be a series on the Lord’s Prayer, and it is based on the familiar first line, “Give us this day our daily bread.” These words acknowledge that we depend on God for even our most basic needs. I wanted the figure’s pose to show humility and dependence; but his gaze is up because he is confident that God will faithfully provide. Beyond physical bread, I also wanted to call to mind the spiritual nourishment that we receive through the Eucharist, so the position of the hands echoes the way our hands are held when we are receiving the bread for the Lord’s Supper.

 

 

 

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