April 29-May 5 - "I Am the Good Shepherd"
Page Turner (American, born 1981)
Total Plentitude: A Congregation of Seeker Sisters, Sacred Copperhead Spring Divining (2018) (detail)
Hand stitched soft sculptures: legs sewn from family quilt, circa 1938; skirts sewn from flower girl dress, circa 1931; leather, acorn caps, turkey feathers, goose feathers, human hair, buttons, oak branches, persimmon seeds, persimmon tops, fur cones, tulip poplar seeds pods, beech nut tree seed husks, witch hazel blooms, milkweed flowers, porcupine quills, turkey-tail mushrooms, hawk rib bones, squirrel bones, copperhead snake rib bones, mouse bones, bird bones, coyote teeth, cherry pits, gold paint, and ink.
24 x 38 x 12 inches (approximate dimensions)
Photography by Kamilla Earlywine/Kamilla Earlywine Photography
Collection of the artist
Used with permission of the artist
Artist’s email: 1PageTurner@gmail.com
Perceptions and misperceptions of Jesus haunt the four gospels. Aware that witnesses of miracles believed in Him while others in Palestine labelled Him a blasphemer, and worse, Jesus himself asked his disciples on the way to Caesarea Philippi, “Who do men say that I am?” (Mark 8:27).
How do we come to know anything? And when we find it, do we recognize it? The artist Page Turner creates sculptures from an expansive range of objects that she finds in the woods near her rural Virginia home. (Note the list of materials in the work photographed above.) When asked about them, Turner responds, “I carried the leather hide all throughout the hollow for months, dragging it along the animal paths that crisscross my mountain—down to the creek fed by the spring, up the winding hillsides. I made this work to be something you could walk right past or that you can look and keep looking and keep finding more and more detail and meaning.” This sculpture is about stories and seeking. The artist explains, “The plentitude of the forest is overwhelming to me. I love to get lost looking at gregarious growth. Collecting the bits that I find in the deep forest litter, filling my basket with every walk. These natural elements become my materials. I adorn each bit to reflect its sacredness. I made this work to share the experience of seeking and discovering.” The exercise of decoding art is like immersion into scripture. In them both, the journey may be more important that the final conclusion. To Jesus’ question, Peter responded, “You are the Christ.” The fact was less important than the discovery process. Then Jesus “strictly charged them to tell no one” (Mark 8:28-30).
What experiences have you gathered as your evidence to know that Jesus is the Christ?
Artists share their observations in their artwork. In what ways can you authentically share with others this evidence that you have gathered? What impact does the sharing have on you? What impact might it have on others? What if another interprets your evidence differently than your perception?
Gather materials that symbolically demonstrate to you that Jesus is the Christ. What do these symbols mean to you? Display them in a place that will help reaffirm your faith.
Tell us what you think. How do you like the Come, Follow Me (Art Companion)?