An exhibition of paintings and collages at Taizé

“Circle Colours”

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What is a circle for you?
If you draw one, what color will you choose?

Circles are a figure of unity, wholeness, infinity.
Without beginning or end, without any side or angle.

In Ecclesiastes (3:11), we read: “God has made everything suitable for its time; moreover he has put a sense of past and future into their minds, yet they cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.”

Circles are communication and inclusion.
Circles of artists and poets are places where new ideas are exchanged.

Circles are protection.
Standing in the middle of a circle protects you from danger.

“Circles of Silence”, these are places where we express our solidarity with the oppressed, where we show our desire for freedom and human rights.

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The exhibition includes:

1. Monochrome images, using pure pigments to discover the strength and significance of each single color.

2. Collages made with used stamps, not with a philatelic aim but to give new life to these discarded objects and also to create color panels that have a story to tell.

3. Artistic expressions on pages of old Bibles that have been found in dusty attics. With crayons or watercolor life is thus restored to texts in ancient languages or to age-old translations. Small fragments of 22-carat gold remind us of the treasure hidden in these books. Concentric circles help us fix our eyes on a word or a phrase.

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Brother Stephen was born in 1959.
One of his earliest memories is painting on an easel in kindergarten at the age of 4. Growing up in the border area between England and Scotland, he was encouraged in his artistic vocation by Winifred Nicholson (a prominent painter in England). Asked one day to have tea with her, he was able to contemplate an original Mondrian hanging in the kitchen. The discovery of a new world!

He studied art and education at Manchester Metropolitan University (UK) and Buffalo College (USA). Working with a group of children with learning difficulties, he discovered that art was not a solitary adventure but a community event. Working together allows us to discover the gifts of each person.

This theme was still very alive when he joined the Taizé Community in 1982. He worked with other brothers in a common creation: at the enamel workshop, during the decoration of churches and other public places for the international youth meetings organized by the Community, animating at Taizé the summer meetings for parents and children using large puppets.

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Printed from: - 7 December 2019
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