Art and Church have a long history together. There is a strong affinity between them.
But not all art is invited to the Church. If the art is self-sufficient and has not other goals than to absorb all the thoughts and adoration of the viewer it doesn’t go along with the purposes of the Church.
Church looks for the art that is built on the spiritual foundation of the artist. Church is in search of the art that not only invites viewers to appreciate the beauty of the artifact, but also calls the audience for contemplation and spiritual reflection.
The Church is looking for the art that suggests God’s presence as an invisible part of the creation. If we’re able to see and feel in the artist’s work God’s continued presence in the world, Church welcomes the artist and that artist’s work.
At the beginning of Lent, Old West is welcoming artist and painter Véronique Epiter. Véronique brings to Old West her talent, spirituality, and wisdom. In her paintings Véronique contemplates the mystery of God’s involvement in our lives and Christ’s continued love amidst the people. We also note the special attention Véronique gives to those who suffer and are oppressed.
With each of the presented works, Véronique provides a description that contextualizes her painting into spiritual dimensions of contemporary life. The descriptions help us to attune spiritually to the artist’s idea and at the same time call us to develop our own perspective on the presented painting.
Véronique-Anne Epiter crystallized her understanding of the role of the artist in the following statement:
The following paintings are some of Véronique’s exhibit at Old West Church that will last
until the time of Easter.