September 2-8 - "God Is Not the Author of Confusion, but of Peace"
Jeanne Florence Leighton-Lundberg Clarke (American, 1925-2014)
Inheritance II (1989)
oil on canvas, 46 x 58 inches
Used with permission of the collector
In 1 Corinthians, Paul used contrasting images to illustrate his gospel message: confusion/peace, death/resurrection, earthly/heavenly, corruption/incorruption, and mortality/immortality. By comparing opposites, truths become more starkly apparent.
In 1980, the artist Jeanne Leighton-Lundburg began referring to her painting style as maximalist. At the time, she was distinguishing herself from a celebrated style of art that had become known as minimalism. For Leighton-Lundberg, the decorative overload and visual excesses of domestic scenes in her paintings heightened the message of the relationships of women and families. In her painting Inheritance II, note the contrasts of masculine (geometric shapes) and feminine (floral shapes). The artist includes symbols such as the tree and fruit from Lehi’s Dream, the beauty and bounty of the earth as represented by the laden table and arrangement of flowers, a spectrum of light, and numerous others that invite the viewer into the artist’s colorful, saturated, dizzying world.
At first view, this painting is almost overwhelming in its busyness. Once you stop to study the symbols in the painting, however, it takes on clearer meaning and allows for individual interpretation and application. How does this idea parallel with the busyness in your life and the activities of meaning that are woven into your experiences? How does this reflection relate to Paul's observation: "For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace" (1 Corinthians 14:33)?
Leighton-Lundburg illustrates in this painting the concept of inherited traits passed from parents to their children. What traits or gifts have you inherited from your parents? Similarly, what specific spiritual traits have you inherited from your Heavenly Parents? "Desire spiritual gifts," Paul encourages (1 Corinthians 14:1). What can you do to magnify these gifts from your earthly and Heavenly Parents?
As described in the Come, Follow Me manual, "In the scriptures we find patterns that show how the Lord does His work" (Improving Personal Study note at p. 140). How have you seen the pattern of the Lord's handiwork in your life?