I Am the Alpha and the Omega
Artist: Vivian Meyer Blodgett
When Jesus Christ made his appearance to John in Revelations, John claimed that he was nearly blinded by the dazzling radiance of the Lord’s skin. I chose to use Smalti, a pigmented glass, that reflects and sparkles in the sun to give us a small taste of the glory that John got to behold. The vibrant colors of the sunrise surround the heavenly figure to symbolize the beginning of a story rather than the end. I chose to be literal in my composition in an effort to celebrate historical christian art which told the story of the Bible to those who could not read. The relationship between church and art has been and should remain exceptionally valuable. Art brings us closer to God and I’m grateful for
the opportunity to honor the spirit with our congregation.
Then I turned to see whose voice it was that spoke to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the lampstands I saw one like the Son of Man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash across his chest. His head and his hair were white as wool, white as snow; his eyes were like a flame of fire; his feet were like burnished bronze, refined as in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of many waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, and from his mouth came a sharp, two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining with full force. When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he placed his right hand on me, saying, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last and the Living One. I was dead, and see, I am alive forever and ever, and I have the keys of Death and of Hades. Now write what you have seen, what is, and what is to take place after this. As for the mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and the seven golden lampstands: the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.