Program cover design for the 2013 MVL Spring Sacred Concert.
The Hokusai wave motif coincided with an MVL Art Factory project (student work) on the same theme.
Here is my explanation of the symbolism as printed in the program:
God’s love is on the move. It is majestic and persistent and it is for you.
The artwork that was developed for this Spring Sacred Concert was inspired by themes in the song Unending Love. The lyrics, printed elsewhere in this program, picture God’s love with poetic references to water. Water is used as a symbol to help us further understand the Gospel.
“Here is love, vast as the ocean, Loving kindness as the flood...Through the floodgates of God’s mercy, Flowed a vast and gracious tide...Grace and love like mighty rivers, Poured unending from above.”
In the artwork, a continuous wave embodies these water references. The long horizontal shape of the canvas hints at an expansive, panoramic view. In the context of the song, this long continuous wave reinforces the symbolic connections between the ocean and God’s infinite, unstoppable love.
Notice the wave continues through different colors and media. This is unified variety. This relationship between the sections of the canvas can remind us that despite changes in this life, God’s love endures forever. While we are thankful, jealous, aimless, excited, vain, exhausted, gracious, deceitful...God’s love is vast as the ocean. Despite our shifty nature, God is constant.
The water imagery used here originated with the Japanese printmaker Katsushika Hokusai. He was an exciting artist producing works with considerable quality and quantity. His most famous image is the 1833 woodblock print, “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” from his series “Thirty-six views of Mount Fuji”. In the late 1800’s European artists such as Degas and Van Gogh were deeply influenced by the simple graphic style, unusual compositions, and contemporary subjects of Japanese prints. Though Hokusai was not a Christian artist, “we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” -2 Corinthians 10:5
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