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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.

June 17-23 - "It Is Finished"

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Lane Twitchell (American, born 1967)

Self Center (2007)

cut paper and acrylic polymers on plexiglass mounted to oil and pencil on panel, 36 x 36 inches

Church History Museum Collection

Used with permission of the artist

Artist’s website

President Gordon B. Hinckley wrote, “These simple words—’He is not here, but is risen’—have become the most profound in all literature. They are the declaration of the empty tomb.” (Teachings of the Presidents of the Church: Gordon B. Hinckley)

In art, the concept of negative space is powerful, too. It refers to the space surrounding or between the subjects of an image. In some cases, what is “not there” (negative space) becomes the more prominent focus of the viewer’s gaze. The art of Lane Twitchell provides an example of negative space. His images are primarily from cut paper. In Self Center, the negative spaces (a wooden panel dyed in shades of brown on top of which a single sheet of paper is mounted) create the imagery. It is a work about 9/11.

In this image, in the permanent collection of the Church History Museum, the eye is drawn to the bottom center of the work. There is a man seen from above, cross-legged, meditating. On both sides of him are leaning structures that represent the twin towers of the World Trade Center. Radiating out from that are images of American car culture: gasoline stations, freeways, vehicles, and traffic lights. In the aftermath of the tragedy, the artist is suggesting, we are left in our grief to somehow regain our center and reorient ourselves.

  1. Are there any other times where emptiness or a void has been a positive in your life?

  2. How does the description in the scriptures of Mary's despair upon finding the empty tomb and her interaction thereafter with Jesus help you to sense the individualized impact of the Atonement?

  3. Art project. Lane Twitchell’s cut paper works use the same techniques as children’s scissor-cut snowflakes. It’s your turn. Fold paper, draw shapes, and then cut them out to make your own work. Can you create something that represents the light of the resurrection? Display it in a window where light can shine through the negative spaces. Share your cut paper works with us. Send to glen@centerforlatterdaysaintarts.org

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