Monday, December 14, 2015

Fifteenth Day of Advent

Shawnee Chief, The Huron Carol
From the Eastern Woodlands, a Shawnee chief.
How can an artist know how these long-ago people looked, how they dressed and behaved and interacted with others? The diaries and letters of the Jesuit Relations are a valuable resource, as well as other contemporary records, drawings and diaries that also document the oral history of the First Nations.  In the Huron Carol we are in allegory, that the nativity in long ago Palestine could just as well have happened among any other people, that "the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us" applies to all of humankind.  For the artist, the aim is to represent a common human experience: awe and reverence when meeting true beauty and the divine.

1 comment:

  1. Frances, I continue to be awed by your creativity. The Huron Carol has got such depth and resonance, along with great beauty. xo