This is the second piece of art for our series “We Believe.” You can see the explanation to the entire series here.
We believe that God has inspired the words of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments. These writings alone constitute the Word of God, which is utterly authoritative, without error in the original writings, complete in its revelation of his will for salvation, and sufficient for all that God requires us to believe and do.
Psalm 12:6 says: “The words of the Lord are pure words, like silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times.” This scripture is the basis for my artwork. In the center of the quilt are 66 blocks representing the 66 books of the Bible. This segment of the quilt is quilted in a freeform wave pattern to illustrate that all scripture is God-breathed. The blocks are arranged in a triangular layout because we believe in a triune God. Additionally, they are various shades of gray, with a silver tulle quilted as an overlay, to convey pure silver. The surrounding background in vibrant blues, oranges and reds conjure up the idea of a refining fire. There are seven flames embroidered in the quilting to represent the seven purifications. I’ve been quilting since early 2012 and I love creating works of art with fabric.
On April 28 we began a 13-week study of our doctrinal statement. Each week we will cover one point of this statement in an attempt to grow in our affections for the God of the Bible. You can follow along and listen to each of these sermons here.
Several months ago we gathered the artists of The Town Church to ask them to consider representing each of these doctrines in a work of art. Each week we will present the work as well as an artist’s statement about the work. Below is the art for week 1.
1.) THE TRIUNE GOD
We believe in one God, who eternally exists in three equally divine Persons—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit—who know, love, and glorify one another. This one true and living God is worthy to receive all glory and adoration.
This piece is an imperfect attempt to represent the triune nature of God. The triangle shown is a variation of the Penrose triangle, an optical illusion that pushes and plays with our limits of human understanding. This felt appropriate because it is impossible for our finite selves to fully comprehend the infinite nature and being of God. Each equal section of the shape represents 1 person of the triune God:
God the Father (YHWH)
God the Son (The hand of Jesus)
God the Spirit (Dove wing as a representation the Spirit at Jesus’ baptism)
Each section of the shape folds back into itself as a representation of the 3 persons of the Trinity knowing, loving, and glorifying each while each being part of the whole.
The primary colors represent the Triune God being the foundation and author of creation and beauty.