The Highest Form of Hope


“Making art is the highest form of hope” is how artist Chuck Hoffman describes his work with Genesis Art Studio.

On creating the work on view, Borderless World, Peg Carlson-Hoffman writes: “Inspired by the Creation story in Genesis and the New Jerusalem images in The Book of Revelation, I became aware of what falls “in-between”. Not only the books in the Bible, but what goes on in the “in-between” spaces of my life. My work of late reflects those Holy spaces, where distance between God and me thins, or narrows, and where my relationships become precious and transparent. Exploring the Alpha and Omega in paint becomes a form of prayer and meditation, that in-between place where I go to meet God.”

Her collaborator Chuck Hoffman adds : “I believe community creates a space where it is possible to engage truth. Community also presents for those who dare the possibility to become transparent and to interact with each other. This spiritual dimension in turn brings us to Holy ground where we encounter each other, beginning a dialog between the Divine, the artist and the viewer. In this creative, prayerful dialogue I not only connect with creation, but find out about who I am in it, and who I am in relationship to others. For me, making art becomes the highest form of hope. ”

He and his partner Peg Carlson-Hoffman are exhibiting artists in ‘Gifts 2009‘, an open-studio exhibition of The Artists Registry. The exhibition was organized by Jan Neal. ECVA Communications Director C. Robin Janning designed and published the online show. Episcopal Life Online carries an informative article by Julia Fleming here.

On View: Borderless World by Chuck and Peg Hoffman. Acrylic on canvas, Sept 2008, 30 x 30 inches.

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