Images of Faith and Justice

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Compiled by Bethany J. Welch, Ph.D., who directs the Providence Center, a small faith based neighborhood center in the West Kensington/Fairhill community of Philadelphia.

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Images of Faith and Justice:

Images of Faith and Justice

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"Creativity consists of a joining of mind, matter and soul . . . minds set in motion their hands to form the matter, and their hearts rejoiced in the achievement in which the whole complex human being was engaged. This left no room for idleness, no parts were unused, no faculties unemployed. Man could function as a unit—spiritually and physically.“ – Fritz Eichenberg

Depicting and expressing faith:

Depicting and expressing faith

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Christ & the Money Changers II (1919) Eric Gill Wood engraving In a effort to create “a cell of good living in the chaos of the world,” Gill tried three times to found artistic communes in England and Wales, where, with family and followers, he could realize the ideals of the late 19th Century Arts and Crafts movement , living where he worked and making what he needed. Gill hoped to combine the Victorian values of a well-ordered hearth and home with a Roman Catholic faith, embraced with all the fervor of the convert, to find a way of living where “it all goes together.”

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Crucifixión Carmelo González Iglesias Xylography Die heiligen drei Könige - Karl Schmidt- Rottluff (Epiphany) Woodcut

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Ade Bethune , ink

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Sadao Watanabe Noah and the Ark Stencil print (1913-1996)

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Watanabe once remarked that he preferred that his prints hang in the ordinary places of life: “I would most like to see them [his prints] hanging where people ordinarily gather, because Jesus brought the gospel for the people”. Such is the mingei philosophy of art for the people and by the people. The Three Fishermen Who Followed Jesus Stencil print

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Charlot viewed himself as a “displaced person, partaking of one culture after another,” and his art was strongly influenced by pre-Hispanic Mexican, Hawaiian and Fijian native culture. In Charlot’s view, there were two kinds of art. The vertical, practiced by the Byzantines, El Greco and Eric Gill , and the spherical, made by Giotto, Raphael, and Rubens. Elongated, ethereal shapes had no appeal for Charlot . He preferred “chumming with earth,” like the Aztecs, and loved the molded, mound-like forms of Mexican pottery. Jean Charlot The Good Shepherd (1897-1979)

Self taught/folk art:

Self taught/folk art Self-taught folk artists, or outsider artists have no formal artistic training. Instead, they choose to work outside the artistic mainstream, deriving subject matter from spiritual inspiration, personal surroundings and life experiences. Frequently, these self-taught artists create intuitively and spontaneously, often recycling found objects and materials into their artwork.

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Howard Finster Devil’s Vice, Last Supper, Habitat for Humanity (1916-2001) - Georgia

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Jas Johns (1941-2003), Heaven and Hell Britches, 2000-2002. Acrylic paint on overalls (Georgia) My work centers on several themes. Daily work and the family are used quite often. I use my religious themes as a ministry to help others learn about and appreciate the Christian point of view. To this end, I have constructed and decorated "Fourteen Stations of the Cross", painted a pair of "Heaven and Hell Overalls", and am currently working on a set of "Savior Britches".

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Sister Gertrude Morgan (American, 1900-1980); New Jerusalem with Jesus Is My Airplane ; n.d .; acrylic and/or tempera, pencil and ball-point ink on paper;

Proclaiming justice:

Proclaiming justice

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La Seudorepublica y la Revolucion (The Pseudo-republic and The Revolution). Carmelo Gonzalez Iglesias. Woodcut. 1960.

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"The strike of 50,000 Honduran workers exploited for more than 50 years by the monopoly of the United Fruit Co., is a just cause." - Alberto Beltrán . Linoleum block print. 1955. Hand - Frank Cieciorka . Woodcut. 1965. "One of the most striking symbols to have come out of the turbulent 60s"

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United Farmworkers | Viramontes , Xavier– poster - 1973 Organizing leaflet. Cover of American Federation of Labor organizing leaflet which explained to workers their right to organize into unions of their choice. 1940s

Faith and Justice Together:

Faith and Justice Together

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Ade Bethune , Catholic Worker , 1950s Dorothy Day, in her autobiography, The Long Loneliness , wrote of Ade Bethune: Whenever I visited Ade I came away with a renewed zest for life. She has such a sense of the sacramentality of life, the goodness of things, a sense that is translated in all her works whether it was illustrating a missal, making stained-glass windows or sewing, cooking or gardening.

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Christ of the Breadlines by Fritz Eichenberg

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Christ at Table / Christ of the Soup Kitchen by Fritz Eichenberg

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