Christ Jesus — 2018
by Michelle L Hofer
Mixed media collage on paperboard
Background text: Chapter 1 of Colossians
Translation of German text along nimbus:
And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. – Colossians 1:17
I created these pieces in conjunction with the Lost Sight blog series written at the 500-year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The 12-part blog series explored the disruption of the art and faith connection that came about during the Reformation. Pages of text copied from a Luther Bible I found at the local recycling center became the base for the three collages. My intent was to restore a traditional icon image to each of the passages selected thereby reconnecting the Protestant faith (with its high regard for Scripture) to the Christian expressions of art it had abandoned.
In this piece I reunite the words of the beautiful Colossian hymn with the Christ Pantocrator image – one of Christianity’s earliest ways to portray the Almighty Ruler, Sustainer and Redeemer.
Read more about the creation of this piece from the blog here >