Behold All Things New

visual art in response to issues of concern

Old Friends

Silkscreen, Melanie Twelves

All the images I use in my work are gifts from God. He is extravagant, and gives me hundreds of them. They reveal to me His perfect love for me as I journey down my spiritual path. Most of my images are life giving and I began to realize that when my life was most chaotic God gave to me the most peaceful images. Images that healed my feminine soul.

I feel called in my artwork to glorify God in a simple, direct and personal way. Most of my work is contemporary in style. My work seems to me to be connected to, and a continuation of the work of Artists who have preceded me in history. This, I believe, is due to the fact that the images reflect never changing eternal truths of God’s love for His creation.

There are several symbols that appear often in my work that may need my interpretation, but the viewer, I hope, will find his own. The upside down heart is the image of God’s heart, open and pouring out. The image of two angels show God’s constant protection and grace as well as a need for community. I am often seen as a wee babe or child in Christ, which I truly am in reality. The circular and egg shapes seem to say rebirth, safety, and wholeness. The words I receive are also part of the art work (titles). They are given to me during my meditations and prayers.

The symbols that are given to me speak to the heart in a spiritual language. The head, or intellect, may follow. On any given theme I may receive ten to fifty images. Some of the themes I have developed into art pieces or series of art pieces are Rebirth, Inner Healing, The Trinity, The Eucharist, The Rosary, Prayer, The Cross, The Virgin Mary, The Feminine Soul, and Reconciliation.

Most recently I am working on the theme of Community of all races. The cross has become a major part of my work. I have designed Stations of the Cross and have a ministry and business making crosses and triptychs. Also, God has called me to be a Jail Minister. I am able to use my art in this ministry to the women in jail and prison. My imagery has become a powerful bridge showing the Protestant world the many windows and doors to the Sacred available through the Catholic faith.

If I were to describe my work in totality including all my journals to finished art pieces, I would give it the title, “A Love Affair with God.” Amen

Melanie G. Twelves
2975 W. Bois D'Arc
Duncan, Oklahoma 73533
(580) 255-6965

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