A new piece was displayed during the Art and Meditation series at St Denys, Rotherfield, East Sussex in Lent. The piece, “Abundance” evolved as Easter Sunday approached.
The inspiration for this art piece has been taken from the New Testament story of the Wedding at Cana, during which Jesus subverts the expectation of the guests by turning the water in the purification jars into wine, showing God’s abundant generosity and grace.
Each week, during the period of Lent, the art piece evolved as a new jar was made and added to the display.
At Easter an unpredictable change occurred. The arrangement was disturbed and some of the jars were broken and filled with gold leaf symbolising how, after an encounter with God, the ordinary becomes extraordinary and God’s overflowing love is revealed. Images of its transformation at Easter are posted below. Finally the broken jars have been repaired , in the tradition of the Japanese art form Kintsukuroi , and each pot has been lined and decorated with gold leaf and gold bronzing powder.
The exhibition of these will be in preview in the windows of the Courtyard Cafe from 26 June.