The Trinity

Inexpressible (2010) (10″ x 5 1/2″ x 3 1/2″)
mixed media construction

How does one picture the mystery of the Trinity if it can’t even be expressed well in words, although the historical creeds have attempted to do so for centuries?
In the above case, it is done with a conglomeration of a wooden hat mold, plumbing connections,painted polyurethane, microscope parts and paper collage mounted on a corregated tin plate.

Proverbs 31

Proverbs 31 (1994) (7″ x 5″)
collage on canvas board

I pictured Solomon’s hymn to the ideal wife as a traditional crazy quilt with some of the squares, however, reflecting the surprisingly liberated activities that she is said to engage in.

Proverbs 29

Proverbs 29 (1994) (7″ x 5″)
collage on canvas board
”Scoffers set a city aflalme, but the wise turn away wrath.”
“whoever flatters a neighbor is spreading a net for the neighbor’s feet.”
“If a king judges the poor with equity his throne will be established forever.”
“When the wicked are in authority, transgression increases, but the righteous will look upon their downfall.”
This is my last post for this month since I am going on vacation.

Proverbs 28

Proverbs 28 (1994) (7″ x 5″)
collage on canvas board
”Those who mislead the upright into evil ways will fall into pits of their own making.”
“Anyone who tills the land will have plenty of bread, but one who follows worthless pursuits will have plenty of poverty.”
“When the wicked prevail, people go into hiding; but when they perish, the righteous increase.”

Proverbs 27

Proverbs 27 (1994) (5″ x 7″)
collage on canvas board
“Just as water reflects the face, so one human heart reflects another.”
“Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds.”
“The lambs will provide your clothing and the goats the price of a field.”
“Like a bird that strays from its nest is one who strays from home.”
“A continual dripping on a rainy day and a contentious wife are alike; to restrain her is to restrain the wind or to grasp oil in the right hand.”

Proverbs 26

Proverbs 26 (1994) (5″ x 7″)
collage on canvas board
This chapter contains the interesting pair of proverbs:
“Do not answer fools according to their folly, or you will be a fool yourself” and
“Answer fools according to their folly, or they will be wise in their own eyes.”
As with most proverbs, the way to act properly depends upon the specific circumstances.
“The lazy person buries a hand in the dish and is too tired to bring it back to the mouth.”
“For lack of wood the fire goes out.”
“Like a thornbush brandished by the hand of a drunkard is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.”

Proverbs 25

Proverbs 25 (1994) (7″ x 5″)
collage on canvas board

“Like the heaven for height, like the earth for depth, so the mind of kings is unsearchable.”
“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.”
“Like a bad tooth or a lame foot is trust in a faithless person in time of trouble.”
“If your enemies are hungry, give them bread to eat; and if they are thirsty, give them water to drink; for you will heap coals of fire on their heads, and the LORD will reward you.”
“Like a city breached, without walls, is one who lacks self-control.”

Proverbs 24

Proverbs 24 (1994) (5″ x 7″)
collage on canvas board
”By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established.”
“Do not lie in wait like an outlaw against the home of the righteous; do no violence to the place where the righteous live; for though they fall seven times, they will rise again.”
“A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want, like an armed warrior.”

Proverbs 23

Proverbs 23 (1994) (5″ x 7″)
collage on canvas board
“Do not be among winebibbers, or among gluttonious eaters of meat.”
“Listen to your father who begot you, and do not despise your mother when she is old.”
“Do not look at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup and goes down smoothly. At the last it bites like a serpent, and stings like an adder. your eyes will see strange things and your mind utter perverse things.”

Proverbs 22

Proverbs 22 (1994) (7″ x 5″)
collage on canvas board
”The clever see danger and hide; but the simple go on and suffer for it.”
“Those who love a pure heart and are gracious in speech will have the king as a friend.”
“The lazy person says, ‘There is a lion outside! I shall be killed in the streets!'”
“Incline your ear and hear my words, and apply your mind to my teaching; for it will be pleasant if you keep them within you, if all of them are ready on your lips.”