Saturday, August 17, 2013

J.D. Mosiman

Trust the Seed
J.D. Mosiman
 18.5” x 24;5” x 8”
Re-purposed wood, glass and metal beads,
acrylic paint, drywall compound, LED,
and clay from the artist’s property

     Rock climbers understand the importance of trust- their life depends upon it. Climbers place trust in ropes, equipment, ability, but more importantly, climbers place trust in their team members- fellow climbers.

     Trust the Seed is about the journey of faith, a journey that J.D. Mosiman sees as a climb alongside fellow climbers. “Trust the Seed was produced as a corporate word to the Church. By being in a group” he says, “you minimize risks. We can be more as a unit than we can as individuals.”

     J.D. Mosiman is a conceptual artist who prayerfully considers the materials he incorporates. For Trust the Seed, he chose clay to represent humans- each uniquely formed by the artist from clay found on his property. The beads symbolize relationships and containers, in transition and transformation. The lower beads are opaque, shifting to transparent glass as they ascend through seasons and passages of life. The black beads contain things we hold onto.

      The piece is divided into lanes with a central avenue and an outer lane. Holes are provided as doors of opportunity for climbers to pass-through, allowing the outer climbers to join others in the center. Hidden in the top is a light, providing illumination, direction, and hope to the climbers. And, just as there is a wideness in God’s mercy, the top is wider than the base.

     William Blake said, “In the universe there are things that are known, and things that are unknown, and in between, there are doors.” Our lives are inundated with doors- moments of truth and hope, veiled, unfortunately, by fear and doubt. Trust the Seed reminds us that “two are better than one, and a cord of three strands is not easily broken.”

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