Joy to the (working) world

Joy to the (working) world November 11, 2014

This is the third in a series of ten posts featuring artwork from the Christians in the Visual Arts exhibit, “Work: Curse or Calling?” Many thanks to Margot Rogers and CIVA for allowing us to feature these beautiful, intriguing, and challenging pieces here at MISSION:WORK.  Please check out CIVA’s website for more information on scheduling the exhibit for your own church, school, or workplace, and to see the other images from the exhibit (there are 28 in all.)  Today’s featured work is:

Edward Knippers (Arlington, VA)
Oil on panel
32” x 24”

Edward Knippers’ abstract-representational Parasol celebrates goodness and joy. It is the brightest, most colorful piece in the exhibition offering the suggestion that we might be more productive in our work if we brought a playful spirit into it. Knippers takes the theme of work from the entertainment and amusement arena. His complex shapes, chorus of color, and repeated patterns render a circus performer working to provide audience pleasure. Knippers writes, “In doing so, [the performer] points to the possibilities of other worlds and is an unwitting witness to the reality of a transcendent universe.”

Knippers, Edward- Parasol (2)

Previous posts in this series:

  1. Can work ever be good news?
  2. God works slowly


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