As one of the twelve artists of the 2021-22 RSA seminar mentioned below, I have created a multi-media project (painting, poetry, and composition) to illustrate the connection between the biblical Exodus story (Water from the Rock) and modern-day environmental challenges. My painting ‘Turn around again, Miriam’ (48x72) is complemented by my five composed movements ‘Lament,’ ‘Currents over Babbling Water,’ ‘Shifting and Sliding,’ ‘Rock Fall,’ and the ‘Miriam Coda’, including a voice-over of a poetry collage spanning many centuries.
Dr. Marc Hudson (poet and professor of English, Emeritus, Wabash College) performs the poetry, and Dr. Brett Leonard (professor of Music and Director of Technology Programs at the University of Indianapolis) has edited the sound file. I am very grateful to both my collaborators. You can listen to the recording while viewing the painting.
Please join me at the Religion, Spirituality, and the Arts exhibit opening on Friday 1 April between 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm at the Harrison Center for the Arts. (See detailed information below.) The exhibit will also be available online.
Dr. Gerburg Garmann
(Artist, European Art Studio)
Religion, Spirituality, and the Arts Annual Exhibition Opening 1 April 2022 6:00 PM Harrison Center for the Arts 1505 N Delaware St, Indianapolis, IN 46202 In 2021, the Religion, Spirituality & the Arts Seminar (RSA), a project of the IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute, invited 12 Indiana artists to explore the theme of Water from the Rock with a team of interdisciplinary arts and humanities faculty. They examined the ways in which--in the religious imagination--water quenches both physical and spiritual thirst. In the most unexpected places, wells and rocks become the bearers of story. Focusing on the Exodus narrative of Moses’ striking the rock, artists and faculty considered the power of water as sustenance, healing, and renewal--and contemplated how seemingly inanimate entities such as water and rocks might also be alive and help us rethink our relationship to the earth. On Friday, 1 April 2022, the first public exhibition of the 2021-2022 RSA Seminar will feature new works of painting, sculpture, music, and poetry developed by the cohort. The exhibition will remain on display for the month of April.