Friday, May 23, 2008

The Art of Storytelling

(note: this introduction to The Art of Storytelling is used in the gallery with a collection I am showing. I will just copy it into the blog as an introduction to this series. Thank you! d.)

(top, a close-up from "Shattering the Darkness")

The Art of Storytelling

Mixed Media Interpretations by Donna Roberts

Storytelling was the method of teaching used by the Israelite nation as each generation imparted their experiences with and knowledge of God to their children. Jewish children knew not only their family's genealogy, but also how their ancestors were used by God to shape history.

Roberts, a great lover of the stories of the Bible, is utilizing mixed media art to present these stories in a fresh three dimensional way that is relevant to today's generations. Her artwork attracts the viewer's eye and holds their imagination captive as they discover, examine, and analyze the intricately rich detailed layers. Each piece is designed to unveil itself, provoking a complex and strong subjective response, stimulating discussion and encouraging reflection and application to today's culture

Before beginning a new work, Roberts thoroughly researches the subject to ensure an accurate understanding and strict adherence to scripture. Some of the chosen stories are well known, others are more obscure. Each is a dramatic retelling of God's Word. The method for portraying the story is discussed with Christian friends to make certain that the symbolism is neither too subtle nor too obvious. The goal is to communicate truth and exhibit the very character of God which has not, does not, and will not change with the passing of time

Roberts has combined her passion for art and her love for God to create a dynamic and unique method of storytelling. Her hope is based on the same principles that Moses told the Israelites before they crossed into the Promised Land

"Therefore you shall lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul...

"You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up." Deuteronomy 11:19a, 20

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