"The Brother" at Lewis University invites you to sit down. For this project I wanted to create an interactive, representational figure that embodied an abstract design element, which avoided static form. The goal is to entice the viewer to feel compelled to interact with the sculpture and setting as a whole.
Brother James Alfred Miller, FSC
Brother James Alfred Miller, FSC, was killed in Huehuetenango, Guatemala in 1982. This bust was commissioned by St. Mary's University of Minnesota to commemorate Br. Miller’s life and work. Br. Miller was a St. Mary’s alumna who later traveled to Central America to work with the indigenous Mayan community. The Lasallian Christian Brotherhood is an order of Christian teachers that dedicate themselves to providing a sound education to children around the globe. Etched into the stone benches are Br. Miller’s birthdate in roman numerals and the date of his death in Mayan glyphs.
St. Thomas More Chapel
Two 66-inch tall oil portraits depicting Jean-Baptiste de La Salle and Mary of Nazareth are mounted on freestanding maple grids that bookend the sanctuary. Hanging above the altar is a 5-foot tall bronze crucifix. Representationally, Mary sits under dappled light in a garden. As you approach the painting her environment becomes abstracted. I designed this image as a tool for meditation. The viewer is drawn in to present focus through representation and then released into present awareness through abstraction. This oil portrait of John the Baptist de La Salle is designed around narrative. He sits in his study meditating on the rosary when students entering interrupt him. This image of Jesus is a transcendent image that moves away from an overtly suffering Jesus toward a moment of balance between the singular consciousness of the human nous, to the collective consciousness in everything. Jesus' body has subtle gesture that creates a slight forward movement but his eyes are closed to show his consciousness moving inward thru the portal of the heart's eye. Left in Latin is sinestra and it is feminine. His feminine hand is opening out toward his mother, Mary, depicted in the portrait on that side. In Jungian philosophy the right hand represents consciousness. Jesus' right hand is closed on consciousness hanging on to it thru death.
Church of the Holy Redeemer
The gestures of the Seraphim Angels are designed to create a sense of rotation around the altar. They reach toward the cross with one hand and the congregation with the other; symbolically connecting the two.