The art offered throughout these pages offer hospitality. It gathers a home for materiality, and a place for contemplation. Painted surfaces hold ghosted imprints conjured through layered tinction processes that suggests the more that lurks beyond the material. Both the mediums and its steady ritualistic manipulation afford sacramental possibilities, entry into a refuge for the eyes, body, thoughts, and soul.
These small art systems are comprised of pierced, cut, and latticed skins of paper or canvas to formulate multiple corridors or windows. These apertures grant access into inner sanctums or landscapes. Despite the fragility of these farraginous forms, they bid welcome as mini-shelters. Here, diverse scraps are honored and conjoined to produce approachable places. Through this mestizo mode--the mixing of media and forms that represents cultural mixing--an attempt is made to broaden what George Steiner states as humanity's "small house of our cautionary being." Hybridity as a playful endeavor redeems disparate elements as a means to grant openness, immediacy, and fluid intimacy through co-mingling elements. This indicates the way art can operate as a unifying method that offers welcome to diverse schemes.
Maria Fee is an artist with an M.F.A. in Painting, M.A. in Theology, and a Ph.D. candidate of Theology and Culture at Fuller Seminary. As adjunct professor, she assists seminarians' negotiations of theological observations through a creative medium. Maria's own art practice explores ideas of fragmentation, metizaje (cultural mixing), alienation, and hospitality.