Will work 4 food. Will you?

Will work 4 food. Will you? November 18, 2014

This is the fifth 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:

Will Work 4 Food
Michael Buesking (Springfield, MO)
Oil and gold leaf on wood panel
12.5” x 16”

Michael Buesking’s trompe l’oeil painting of a cardboard sign, Will Work 4 Food, sign juxtaposes this sign of poverty with the medium of gold leaf. The statement reminds us of the origin of work: it was a sacred gift from God prior to the fall. God worked. It rightly deserves association with the sacred, the holy, and is not far from Paul’s instruction to the Thessalonians, “If any would not work…”

Buesking, Michael-WillWork4Food

Previous posts in this series:

  1. Can work ever be good news?
  2. God works slowly
  3. Joy to the (working) world
  4. Seven days of work make one week

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