Benevolent, Mysterious God
I am a fine art aficionada. Pop art, to me, is a taste yet to be developed - I thought. Seeing the Corita Kent exhibit enforced an instant conversion in my appreciation of art and, surprisingly, a spiritual conversion at various different depths as well. Bold - intuitive - clever: many qualities of her art are striking but the most arresting of all is Kent's spiritual insights. Many of her inspirational scripts obviously arose from her efficacious prayer life while in the convent.
There was a similarity with my reflective processes, those arising from my conventual prayer, as I recall. Not long after Corita Kent developed her serigraphy (silkscreen art) I was in high school and in a religious community much like hers, where I was fed art appreciation whilst hearing the voice of Martin Luther King, Jr, and the roar of protests against the Vietnam War. I also excelled in art. Although Corita and I share many parallels in our external worlds, I believe the power of Kent's art is the universal theme of love, life, and longing that lives in every soul. That's where we connected.
Each art aficionado will connect (or not) with a piece of art differently from the next. Bill and I both found ourselves captivated by the power of Kent's images and scripts. Usually our museum viewing lasts about an hour before sensual overload sets in; this time we left after 2 ½ hours and wanting to return. Corita Kent, indeed was, as she saw herself, "an instrument of a benevolent, if mysterious, God." Wouldn't it be wonderful if we all experienced the Wonder of God in a loaf of bread!