Intermountain Catholic News has an article today titled "Artist Transformed" about sculptor Eileen Doktorski. Doktorski, a professor of sculpture at Utah State University, began to create crucifixes after her husband deserted her and her young daughter without saying good-bye, leaving her with an unwanted, painful divorce. The article quotes her as saying:
“I saw in the cross someone else’s suffering, and it took me out of my own,” she said. “It gave me a place where I could cry, and it deepened both my spirituality and my feeling of interconnectedness with others and with the world.”
The article has several wonderful photographs of Doktorski and her work. The story was reprinted in Catholic Online, but only the original in Intermountain Catholic News has all of the photographs. Another quote:
“I feel a greater interconnection to all of humanity and the universe when I am moved and inspired by great works of art. I feel my own spirituality and understanding of God is best expressed through my art.”
On August 14, 2006, Catholic News Service posted an article titled "Stained glass windows help artists, viewers connect with faith", about stained glass artist Debora Coombs of Readsboro, Vermont. Coombs, who was raised Anglican in the U.K., hopes to prompt reflection by her windows. A quote:
"I don't have authority to teach about the faith, but I can ... offer something that allows the viewers the opportunity to reflect and connect with their own faith."
That article also mentioned Hiemer & Company Stained Glass Studio of New Jersey, which began with George Hiemer's work in the 1890's and early 1900's. The studio is currently run by Hiemer's great-granddaughter Judith Hiemer Van Wie, and her husband James Van Wie.
One of Coombs' projects is St. Mary's Cathedral of Portland, Oregan. There is a gallery of her work on a new Coombs Criddle website. There are good photos of the windows on page about the cathedral. The Hiemer & Company website has photos of their work and a page about the process of creating a stained glass window.
Picture: Detail from "Sermon on the Mount" stained glass window by Debora Coombs. The photo is copyright protected and used by permission of Debora Coombs.