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Come, Follow Me (Art Companion)

To assist people of all ages in their study of the scriptures, the Center for Latter-day Saint Arts has prepared a weekly tool to go with each lesson from the Come, Follow Me manual using fine art and objects created by members of the Church, commentary, and questions to spark discussion.

July 15-21 - "The Word of God Grew and Multiplied"

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Samuel Evensen (American, born 1981)

I See You, Do You See Me? (2019)

oil pastel on paper, 65 x 90 inches

Collection of the artist

Used with permission of the artist

Artist’s website

Artists and art historians use the term pentimenti—literally, “repentances” in Italian—to refer to an artist leaving evidence of some kind of change in the art work—for example when an artist wants to change the arm in a figure drawing to a new position but leaves the old marks, unerased. Artist Samuel Evensen writes, “In recent years pentimenti began increasingly showing up in my own drawings, and over time I wondered what it might mean to my work to actively employ these kinds of marks, both as process to create the work and as a final visual language. This drawing is the outcome of that. I began with no clear conception of the figure and its pose. The act itself of drawing was a means of searching for the body all the while leaving bare every mark as evidence of that search. For me the result is a body that exists in a space between question and answer, ever evolving, processing, transforming, becoming.”

  1. "But the word of the Lord was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little..." (Isaiah 28:13). How have you felt spiritual learning to come into your life in ways that build upon prior experiences and learning?

  2. How is Heavenly Father's love for us demonstrated in this teaching approach?

  3. How does an understanding of Heavenly Father's teaching method help you to feel more patience with yourself when you progress, sometimes in just small increments, and sometimes even "fall backward" (Isaiah 29:13)?