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The Artists

  Connie Backus-Yoder
  Joyce Caggiano
  Deborah A. Cantwell
  Mary Anne Carley
  Osuna Miguel Conesa
  James D. Curtis
  Kelly Daniels
  Barbara Desrosiers
  Cathy Gibbons
  Joel Haas
  Jenna Higgins
  C. Robin Janning
  Caroline Kramer
  Marcia Landry
  Jeanelle McCall
  Judith McManis
  Romney O. Nesbitt
  Margaret A. Parker
  Donna Rathert
  Lynn Runnells
  Deborah Scarff
  Suzanne Schleck
  Janet Strickler
  Susan Tilt
  Vanessa Wells
  Tracy Williams
  Copyright Statement
  Intimate / Infinite
Pastel and Pigment on board with black hole

Janet Strickler



Once upon a time there was an ordinary girl.
She was not a princess,
nobody famous or special;
just a girl.

God said to her,
"May I dwell inside you?"
And she said

And she made a space
within her Self
for the Infinite to dwell,
and the world was changed.

Today there is only you;
nobody famous or special,
but God is asking
"May I dwell inside you?"

And the world will be changed.



I grew up in a family that observed Advent in our home as well as at church, and I came to love the season and its sense of anticipation and preparation. As unofficial artist-in-residence at St. Stephen’s, I make a piece for each liturgical season that hangs in our narthex and coffee hour area, stimulating discussion and reminding people of the meanings that underlie the cycle of our church year.

The hollow in the center of this figure is completely coated with black pigment, (an idea that I borrowed from English artist Anish Kapoor) so that you cannot SEE anything when you look at it; even though you know there is something there, your senses cannot perceive the surface. I found this to be a good visual metaphor for God, whose existence we can believe in, but who cannot be perceived directly by our senses.

Janet Strickler

Email: janet.strickler@colorado.edu
Parish: St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Longmont, Colorado





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