Seeing God 2021 Virtual Exhibit: Sr. Virginia Matter

Seeing God: An Exhibit of Sacred Art 2021

Enjoy this year's virtual exhibit! We invite you to pause with each image as if you were walking our Gallery at St. Paul’s Monastery and read the artist’s statement about their piece. The rest of the exhibit will be posted on the blog throughout February and March. Please check back regularly to experience the entire Seeing God 2021 Virtual Exhibit. VIEW ALL CURRENTLY PUBLISHED EXHIBIT POSTS.


From the Old the New Shall Rise Strong and Full of Hope

This cracked vessel was put together out of her simplicity of brokenness.
She, her Potter, gazed at her one day and said, “I know what you are hoping for.
You have a beautiful message to share with the world, about your
cracks and brokenness. I need to reveal your wisdom with some gold highlight.”

Out of this broken world, we who hold Hope for the future will be greatly blessed as love, justice, and peace will abound again. From these troubled times I see hope arising for our broken world, if like this cracked vessel we each embrace our flaws and imperfections. We know that Hope sets aside fears and anger, encouraging us to trust and have confidence in our next generation’s deep American values and a reverence for a God of love and healing.

My piece uses three intaglio plates to achieve the fiery components.

Artist Sr. Virginia Matter
This broken vessel is hand-built with Piedmont clay, fired in a kiln, then finished outside the kiln with sawdust burning. The cracks are repaired with gold, a process from the Japanese called Kintsugi, a way to embrace its flaws and imperfections.

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About this Exhibit

Seeing God: An Exhibit of Sacred Art is virtual for 2021. To continue this important, long-standing exhibit, we are moving it online this year. While the Gallery at St. Paul’s Monastery is not physically open to hang this exhibit, we still need art, especially now. Artists' work will speak to the following questions: What challenges and what blessings are you experiencing as you live and make art now? How are you Seeing God during this unprecedented time? Where are you Seeing God? During this pause in the Benedictine Center programming, this exhibit will provide a much-needed source of inspiration to those who would otherwise come to the monastery. Entries will be posted online throughout February and March. VIEW ALL SEEING GOD 2021 POSTS.

If you are interested in purchasing a work from this exhibit contact Kathy Fleming.

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