"Calligraphic Paintings of New Testament"

by Kirsten Malcolm Berry
October 25 – December 8, 2013
Center for Faith and Life

Kirsten Malcolm Berry

Minnesotan artist Kirsten Malcolm Berry’s intricate calligraphic watercolor paintings have received much recognition in the past few years. Berry’s work focuses on finding God’s Presence through depictions of New Testament passages. Her work has been shown in fifty-six solo shows including the Arts Center in North Dakota, and the Benedictine Center in St. Paul, MN as well as many group exhibitions. Her prints have been reproduced in religious periodicals, calendars, the Augsburg Fortress Sunday bulletins and on book covers. Berry graduated with a BA in art from Bethel College (now University) in St. Paul, MN in 1978. She then went on to complete coursework in drawing, painting and watercolor at the Universities of Minnesota and Iowa in 1981 and 82.

Berry’s Process is as detailed as her works; each begins in pencil on cotton rag paper. From there, with a small brush, she adds watercolors using pigments mixed to a thicker consistency. After color is applied the pencil lines are erased. Each work is 26” x 26” framed, with an actual image size of 16” x 16”.

For more information on Kristin Malcolm Berry and her work, please visit her personal website.

Artist's Statement

“My art is based on the images of the New Testament and the Greek’s included as a link to the original form of the text. I paint in configurations of repeated shapes because I am compelled by the use of pattern, so prevalent in indigenous art forms. Southeast Asian fabrics and basketry, Scandinavian woolen tapestries, Native American weaving, traditional American quilts and Byzantine mosaics have all influenced my sense of design.

The exercise of faith is difficult for those of us who long for perceptible signs of God’s presence. Painting the images of the Bible helps me translate the abstract into the tangible; through pictures I grasp that the Word indeed became flesh. And is that not him behind the glimmers of New Creation we see each day?”

-Kirsten Malcolm Berry