Art and Sr. Virginia
Sr. Virginia Varley has been painting for over 20 years. Her recent art show and sale on May 11 - 15, 2005, was entitled Mystery Encountered. Note cards of most of her works are available. What follows are several paintings and Sr. Virginia's words:
Stirring of the Waters
As an artist, I paint my way in and out of mystery. Being involved in the art form is a spiritual experience for me. My hope is that observers are drawn into the mystery of a particular piece and that they become engaged in dialogue with Mystery...
Energy at the Centre
I am a Sister of St. Joseph of Toronto. My ministry consists in offering spiritual direction, group facilitation and in expressing spirituality through art.
I love colour and believe that the dynamic of colour resides in each of us awaiting expression in art forms, religious experience, homemaking, labour, peace-making, respect for the earth and leadership.
Playing of the Sea
Most of my work is abstract. I use a variety of media and allow the media to speak in randomness. In the randomness mystery presents itself.
Reaching Out to Mystery
Often, I don't see an image until the work is finished. This painting took shape through the use of acrylic paint and collage. It was only on its completion that I noticed a figure reaching out toward the "sun" shape, hence its title.
It is in abstracting line and shape of the land that I see the life that rests beneath the surface awaiting the right conditions for growth, then bursting forth in colour, delighting in its gift.
For more information, contact Sister Virginia Varley CSJ at: firstname.lastname@example.org