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Changes are in the Air

By Linda Hoffman Kimball

Dear Segullah Sisters and friends –

Our organization is in a period of sparkling innovation and transition. We will continue to feature our monthly posts from our talented writers to inspire and inform you. Other avenues to stimulate our/your spirituality and creativity are developing and evolving even as I write this. The hallmarks of Segullah – encouraging, mentoring, and growing into our artful gifts and spiritual maturity – will continue as we evolve over the next several months.

I want especially to highlight one again the work of one of the winners of our Segullah Awards for Excellence in an exhibition in Oct. 2021. This show, sponsored by the Certain Women organizaton, invited artists to use their talents to consider the divine feminine in their lives and work. The lead photo of the nesting handmade bowls shows the subtle and inspiring work of ceramic artist Elizabeth Crowe whose ceramics work moves us to ponder the impact and influence of the female aspects of Divinity.

Here is Elizabeth’s artist statement which we highlighted in our December 30, 2021 issue

Elizabeth Crowe’s “Round about to Bear You Up”

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth Crowe’s “Round about to Bear You Up”

Elizabeth Crowe: “Round About to Bear You Up”, ceramic unglazed nesting bowls, 11x 11x 4

The title for Elizabeth’s piece comes from the comforting and encouraging scripture in D&C 84:88: “I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up.”

Elizabeth Crowe’s Artist Statement for “Round About to Bear You Up”:

To express my reflections on our Mother in Heaven, I chose to make a set of nested porcelain bowls–openhearted vessels representing D&C 38:27, “Be one; and if ye are not one, ye are not mine.’ Each bowl is imperfect, unique, yet similar in its capacity to function as a bowl. Because the bowls are nested, each is an essential part of the whole. I left the bowls unglazed and bisque-fired to convey their potential for further change and development.

I treasure the loving relationships I have had with my mother and others who have mothered or nurtured me. I’m grateful for the opportunity to mother my children, grandchildren, and others, and I hope that these relationships and experiences reflect to some degree the spiritual mothering I have received from our Heavenly Mother.

Our banner image is her award winning work – handcrafted (complete with fingerprints of the creator).

About Linda Hoffman Kimball

Linda Hoffman Kimball is an artist, writer, photographer, and poet who grew up as a faithful Christian near Chicago, & joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1971 while at Wellesley College near Boston. Early on she assumed that all Latter-day Saints were articulate, inquisitive, faithful, and socially engaged since her role models in the University wards in Cambridge, MA., were. Her husband says she is “fluent, but not native” in Mormon-ese. She is a founding member of Mormon Women for Ethical Government.

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