A new art show, Kinship, by artist Madeline Miller, class of 2012 is open to the public in the art gallery. You may see the exhibit during school hours through May. It will also be open during the chili supper on February 11 from 4:30 – 7:30 pm.
“Trees and humans have an intimate connection. Biologically, we have a symbiotic relationship as we live off the oxygen produced by trees, and we in turn breath out carbon dioxide that trees need to complete photosynthesis. Trees also provide us with foods that nourish our bodies. Religiously, trees are a main prop in many powerful stories and often times hold mystical elements. In many biblical stories, trees are used as resting places, both for the tired and the deceased. The most prominent example is the cross to which Jesus was nailed. Trees were used to build structures and objects like the Noah’s ark, the ark of the covenant and instruments used to praise God. Spiritually, trees act as a guide for us, offering countless metaphors that help us understand ourselves and our world. Trees teach us that we must be well rooted in order to branch out and produce good fruit. Trees are used in parables to explain the kingdom of God; how is it that something so small can, with good nourishment, become so large and strong?”
“It is because of this wisdom, energy and wonder that I am drawn to trees. The human body and the tree are both of the earth, are both of God. I marvel at what there is to learn about ourselves through trees, and through the forest. Both about us as individuals, and us as communities.”
“It is my hope to communicate the unique beauty that the human body and the tree both hold; to remind us all the we are in relationship with the earth and all of creation. And most importantly, to convey that we, as conscious creatures, are responsible to learn from the ancient wisdom of the earth and act as its steward.”
The show is set up as a progression moving clockwise, beginning here. The pieces first demonstrate compositional comparisons between trees and humans. Next, drawings of trees demonstrate different metaphors. Lastly, they show trees and human in direct interactions as the two subjects merge into one.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Madeline Miller graduated from Iowa Mennonite School in 2012, and from Eastern Mennonite University in 2016, earning a BA in Art. She currently lives in Harrisonburg, Virginia where she enjoys exploring the surrounding mountains, learning about sustainable agriculture, and creating new artwork.
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