November 1, 2007

All Saints Day

  All Saints
This tapestry from the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels was woven in Belgium using Egyptian cotton and digital files from the artist.

What's so lovely about the tapestry is that recognized, canonized saints are side by side with some unknown saints, ordinary people.

At Whispers in the Loggia, Rocco Palmo writes To Be a Saint

More than just sometimes, you'll hear of folks -- even of the not-normally-emotional type -- who've wept at the sight of the simple figures, shown walking together toward the altar.

And why the tears? Most common answer: something along the lines of "they look normal... they look like us."

...because "us" is what they are, and they're what we're called to be.

More about the tapestries

The artist John Nava who was commissioned to make the Communion of Saints said

the message of the image and the message of the Church "is a message of hope, redemption and meaning." Nava believes these are ideas that have been frequently dismissed in conventional modern art.

After the horrors of the 20th century - the World Wars, the atomic bomb and the Holocaust - humanity has routinely been seen pessimistically as "diseased and decadent," Nava explains. The best figurative painters of our time have made great works, but they often have been of a tragic and hopeless image of humans, if not a critical or cynical one.

The Communion of Saints, however, is exactly the opposite, Nava believes. Its theme is one of hope. He would like people viewing the tapestries "to see the humanity of these figures and feel a sense of connection to themselves."

Posted by Jill Fallon at November 1, 2007 3:31 PM | Permalink