There are many visual artists in Seekers Church – painters and potters, photographers and fiber sculptors, quilters and knitters. Here are some samples from a few of them. Enjoy!
Deborah Sokolove is a painter who combines elements from the icon tradition of the Eastern branches of Christianity; the elaborate knot work found in Celtic artifacts; the space-filling patterns of Islamic tiles; folk motifs from Latin America, Africa, and Asia; and contemporary notions about art. The resulting paintings are intended as an offering into the life of the Body of Christ, my own prayers made visible as an invitation to others. See her artist’s statement and images of her Stations of the Cross here.
Margreta Silverstone is a quilter, who shares about her introduction to quilting at Seekers: “I first learned to quilt from women at my church in Washington, DC. You need to visit my church to realize how ironic to be doing such a traditional activity in a very non-traditional church. We gathered to make a log cabin quilt-in-a-day, but the power went out mid-day. It took longer than a day to finish that quilt; by the end, I was hooked.” See her artist’s statement and a sample of her work here.
Marjory Bankson is a potter who makes unfired burial urns and hand-painted silk prayer shawls. She says: “I learned to throw, trim, glaze and fire porcelain with Louie Mideke in Bellingham, Washington… In 1987, a friend of ours died in a car crash and his brother asked me to make a vessel for his ashes. There wasn’t time to make a pot and fire it, and besides, his family wanted to scatter his ashes in Chesapeake Bay by his crab pots, so they really wanted something that would disintegrate with the ashes. So I made my first unfired urn and discovered that the container was just what they needed! The painted silk shawls allowed me to add color and texture in contrast to the plain grey pots. In both Jewish and Christian traditions, a prayer shawl is used to set apart sacred time and space. It seems like an appropriate accompaniment for the urns and a special garment to wear and pray with after the urn has been released.” See her reflections and a sample of her work here.
Peter Bankson uses a crochet hook to create sculptures and a few liturgical stoles. He says: “I think crochet is a lot like creation, a tactile experience of emergent order. I am fascinated by the way crocheted fiber speaks to me of community, how stitches gather together in a dancing ruffle and take on a shape that is more than their own; and how they only reveal their inner selves when stretched to their limits.” See some of his reflections on crochet, and images of his work here.
Aeren Martinez and Peter Bankson captured a few scenes from a silent retreat at Dayspring Farm. Here are some reminders of the beauty of that place.