ADVENTurous is an open submission exhibition exploring the christmas narrative, which we're staging in 3 UK venues during advent this year : at Engedi in Colwyn Bay, Leftbank in Leeds and the Union Chapel in Islington, London.

The work exhibited at Union Chapel will also be part of the one-day ‘ADVENTurous' conference, hosted by Greenbelt Festival and partners.

On this blog we'll be posting regular updates about how plans for the Leftbank Leeds show are progressing, with information about the contributing artists, and possibly some previews of the work being created for the exhibition...

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

'Maid for God... (" it unto me...")' by Sally Baker

I am interested in composition, pattern, decoration and concept - experimenting
with layers of meaning in order to explore the mystery of hints and glimpses...
seeing one thing through another.

Following Mary’s encounter with Gabriel, life would never be the same again - risking ridicule
and rejection; having no idea where she was going or how to get there (a fear with which we
may identify) except for trusting God completely ... and perhaps this is our answer too.
With a word from God she carried great anticipation of the coming event,
of a fulfilled promise: she is the picture of hope itself.

Mary’s structured background signifies her emergence from the predictable, safe pattern of life.
The thread conveys more about Mary: she is unsophisticated: at this point in time both Mary
and her story are new, fresh, raw, exposed, unfinished, still a work in progress, with a potentially
untidy outcome ... yet she trusts. What faith and courage was needed for Mary to reply
to the angel “... be it unto me according to thy word.” The risk of faith is the greatest adventure
upon which everyone is invited to embark.

Digital print onto polyester suede, thread.

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