Véronique-Anne Epiter sharing her artwork at Old West Church

          Art and Church have a long history together. There is a strong affinity between them.

But not all art is invited to the Church. If the art is self-sufficient and has not other goals than to absorb all the thoughts and adoration of the viewer it doesn’t go along with the purposes of the Church.

          Church looks for the art that is built on the spiritual foundation of the artist. Church is in search of the art that not only invites viewers to appreciate the beauty of the artifact, but also calls the audience for contemplation and spiritual reflection.

         The Church is looking for the art that suggests God’s presence as an invisible part of the creation.  If we’re able to see and feel in the artist’s work God’s continued presence in the world, Church welcomes the artist and that artist’s work.

 

            At the beginning of Lent, Old West is welcoming artist and painter Véronique Epiter. Véronique brings to Old West her talent, spirituality, and wisdom. In her paintings Véronique contemplates the mystery of God’s involvement in our lives and Christ’s continued love amidst the people.  We also note the special attention Véronique gives to those who suffer and are oppressed.

            With each of the presented works, Véronique provides a description that contextualizes her painting into spiritual dimensions of contemporary life. The descriptions help us to attune spiritually to the artist’s idea and at the same time call us to develop our own perspective on the presented painting.

Véronique-Anne Epiter crystallized her understanding of the role of the artist in the following statement:  

 

<< The World Is in Need of Art (Today)

I believe in Art as a healing force, in our society ever-searching for answers to the challenges

of its perpetual motion. The image of the struggling artist is not a cliché. Securing the time and

space needed to channel inner-visions, and to voice profound messages, is every artist’s concern.

Suppressing these time and space is directly threatening to the inspiration and total commitment needed for the artist’s act of creation, as intense as birth-giving, both vulnerable and powerful.

There has not been a place in the world where artists have not been the messengers, the healers,

the historians, picking up spirits in times of conflict and adversity, bringing together the most

unlikely to walk hand in hand.

Whether a target or the object of worship, art is the pure medium that quenches the thirst of our society for its “other” dimension, beyond the daily material ties. While “walking through the fire”,

artists are responsible for bringing our world the breath of fresh air without which it could not

survive –a vivid expression of its deep emotional entity, a celebration of its inner child. >>

The following  paintings are some of Véronique’s exhibit at Old West Church that will last

until the time of Easter. 

ICONE ~ ICON Ink & Watercolor, 2004                            “ICONE” is dedicated to all Indigenous people around the world who have been disrespected, oppressed, mistreated, regarded as sub-humans by so called civilized people. Their suffering is similar to that of Christ, whose message is a message of peace and respect.  They hold the keys to the future of this world if only their wisdom was given due consideration. Just like Christ’s, their spirit never stopped shining through the adversity they have withstood. The image of this dignified person, so in tune with nature, yet bearing a crown of thorns is in remembrance of Christ’s words: “Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me”.                     Véronique-Anne Epite

ICONE ~ ICON

Ink & Watercolor, 2004                           

“ICONE” is dedicated to all Indigenous people around the world who have been disrespected,

oppressed, mistreated, regarded as sub-humans by so called civilized people.

Their suffering is similar to that of Christ, whose message is a message of peace and respect. 

They hold the keys to the future of this world if only their wisdom was given due consideration.

Just like Christ’s, their spirit never stopped shining through the adversity they have withstood.

The image of this dignified person, so in tune with nature, yet bearing a crown of thorns is in

remembrance of Christ’s words: “Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one

of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me”.                     Véronique-Anne Epite