John August Swanson HAND-PRINTED SERIGRAPHS
John August Swanson's serigraph of Psalm 23 presents a beautiful visual narrative of this much loved Psalm of David. John writes, "Moving forward barefoot and without fear, the two figures travel through a valley transformed by their own beliefs; a world where lions and lambs can lay together in peaceful harmony. This story connects with our own lives, as we listen to those who speak out and stand against death, violence and hate. For even though we walk through valley of the shadow of death, we fear no evil, for God is with us."
2010 | Edition of 180 | 47 Color Stencils
Image Size: 15.25" x 24.25"
Paper Size: 22" x 30"
Paper: 100% cotton rag, acid free
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There is no moon in my image of the night, but the stars create a luminescence to help those who are taking a journey. My vision contains the wonder and awe found in star-filled night skies. Our earliest ancestors may have gazed up to ponder the brilliance of these lights. They looked for order in the heavens, and could marvel at the many wondrous and spectacular sights held within the glowing clusters of stars.
The forest, with deep shadows and darkness, is a place filled with hidden sights and creatures. Since times long past, families and communities have sat around campfires, and fireplaces to tell their legends. My mother told us stories of the forests and mountains of Chihuahua, Mexico. My father's family in Sweden spoke about the wild wolves in their local forest, as well as fabled myths of forest people and ancient creatures. People understood the dangers of the wilderness. Travelers would seek to find shelter before the darkness of the night.
Moving forward barefoot and without fear, two figures travel through a valley transformed by their own beliefs; a world where lions and lambs can lie together in peaceful harmony. The language of Psalm 23 has a message of strength - "...Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil..." This story connects with our own lives, as we listen to those who encourage and empower others to speak out and stand against death, violence, and hate.
"... God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise, and the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty"
(1 Corinthians 1:27, King James Version)
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Limited Edition of 180 | 47 Color Stencils