Revd Richard Stott is a Methodist Minister, artist and art psychotherapist.
He works in Sheffield exploring new ways of being church centred around the visual arts.
He is interested in how art and the process of creation can enrich communities and open up
questions of life, meaning and spirit. Much of his work involves exploring the creation of sacred
space in ordinary places. More information can be found on his blog: www.iaskforwonder.com
In scripture the angel Gabriel visits the Mary, who is a virgin, and tells her that she will be become
pregnant by the Holy Spirit. He is traditionally portrayed with white lilies which symbolise Mary's
purity. Perhaps the sacred story hides a more visceral story of a young man visting a young
teenage girl. In this piece I try to hold the tension between the two versions of the story.
Between the spiritual story of the Virgin and angel and the earthier tale of two adolescents
having their first sexual encounter a deeper truth can be found.
Oil on Canvas