Journey to Christmas
The Journey to Christmas theme is interpreted by the artists of Visionaries for this exhibition in a range of different ways. Some make reference to the biblical story, particularly as told in Luke’s Gospel, chapters 1 and 2, featuring Mary and Elizabeth, Mary’s pregnancy and the journey to Bethlehem where Jesus was born. The Chi-rho pages hark back to these pages in mediaeval Gospel books (the Book of Kells and the Lindisfarne Gospel) where these Greek letters are decorated on pages at the beginning of Matthew 1:18. The journey of the wise men (Matthew 2:1-12) is also referenced. The opening of John’s Gospel, with reference to the Word made flesh, is central for some of the artists.
For some artists, reflection on this story is linked with parallel events in today’s world. Some of the works refer to the artist’s own particular journey towards Christmas and thinking about the mystery of God’s action in the incarnation. Several of the works make reference to past Christian traditions and how these may be brought into the present and used for reflection about our times. Questions facing the world and the church today come to the forefront for a number of the artists as they express issues and concerns. Every artist is aiming to express more than simply making an aesthetically pleasing image.
Much is intertwined in our lives as we move through Advent towards Christmas. Looking at, pondering and enjoying these works can be part of the Advent to Christmas journey for each one of us.
The artists of Visionaries offer these works (paintings in a range of media, drawings and a paper-cut) as a contribution towards the spiritual journey of viewers during Advent to Christmas, for reflection which may lead into prayer and new God-given insights.
Visionaries artists also thank the minister, congregation and particularly the people who organise the Vera Wade Gallery of St Andrew’s Uniting Church for the opportunity to hold this exhibition.
Geraldine Wheeler, 2016