Sunday, 3 August 2014

by Sandra Bowden

He Was Wounded for Our Transgressions


A reworked photo of a fourteenth century crucifixion by Italian painter Maitrede San Francisco is the centerpiece for this mixed media collagraph. The entire text of Isaiah 53 has been handwritten on the print's surface surrounding the crucifixion image. Beneath the cross is a facsimile of the Sanctus, from Benjamin Britten's War Requiem, written for the rededication of Coventry Cathedral. These various elements give associations that invite the viewer to contemplate the Holy.

Collagraph mixed media

30" x 22"



Several collaged elements; the "Sanctus" from Benjamin Britten's War Requiem, written for the dedication of Coventry Cathedral and a twelfth century German crucifixion.

collagraph mixed media in edition of 30

30" x 22"

It is Finished


The inscription above Christ's head reads, "Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews", written in Hebrew, Greek and Latin. The plate was constructed using textured fabrics and materials adhered to the surface, painted and then transferred to the paper as it is run through an etching press.

collagraph with acrylic painting in edition of 100

23" x 16.5" image

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Book Info:

The Art of Sandra Bowden - edited by James Romaine

The Art of Sandra Bowden is a beautiful visual record of Bowden's amazing personal and spiritual journey of more than forty years through the veiled mysteries that lead us to belief. Rooted in her faith, as well as the varied long and rich Judeo-Christian tradition in the visual arts, her work explores the systems and limits of textual and visual languages as vehicles of communication and meaning. Bowden's voice is a vital and clear statement of conviction within the often-baffling clamor of our image-driven culture; her art is evidence that faith is alive in our time. An excerpt from this book is available in pdf format

"Sandra Bowden's art invites meditation which evokes and inspires the fullness of mind, heart, soul and strength to form more faithful biblical character in the viewer. Her works are classics in their ability to communicate beyond her time and place to other persons of different ages, races, classes, and religious traditions." —Dr. Doug Adams, Professor of Christianity and the Arts, Pacific School of Religion and the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California.

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