by Deborah Sokolove
Center for Faith and Life
March 30 - May 24, 2009
Deborah Sokolove is the director of the Henry Luce III Center for the Arts and Religion and assistant professor of art and worship at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. She holds multiple degrees, including a B.A. and M.F.A. from California State University; a M.T.S. from Wesley Theological Seminary; and a Ph.D. from Drew University. She is a member of Seekers Church, a Christian Community in the Tradition of Church of the Saviour.
For more information about Sokolove and her work, please visit her personal website.
“In these works, I am attempting to evoke the sense of eternity, of the divine presence, that I find in traditional religious artforms, as well as in the gleam of flickering candles, or in a night sky filled with stars. As an analogue to my belief that every time and place participates in God’s self-revelation, I combine 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.”