"This Sister Now Cries Out" by the EJAC CoLAB
The EJAC CoLAB is a rotating group of local artists from Portland, OR, who collaborate on ambitious projects as an ongoing series presented at the Elisabeth Jones Art Center.
Print- Archival Ink Jet Print on Matte Paper.
This archival print is of an acrylic on wood panel painting by our in-house group of artists, the EJAC Painting CoLAB.
(Please note- there is a white border which varies based on the dimensions of each print)
EJArt Painting CoLAB line up for This Sister Now Cries Out: Gates Callanan, Annie Cannon, Jessica Lynn Clark, Rachael Leigh Dulac, Mark Dugally, Schel Harris, Alexandra Johnson, Joanne Kollman, Kia Metzler, Essie Somma, John Teply, Elliott Wall
This Sister Now Cries Out
acrylic on wood panel
Each panel for the 8 ft. x 23 ft. painting was begun by a different EJArt Painting CoLAB participant, which began with a selected quote from Pope Francis’s 2015 Encyclical. The pieces were then tiled together and, through a collaborative creative process of observing synchronicities, a composition began to emerge. Listed below are the quotes that correspond to the panels from left to right, along with the name of each artist who created the original piece.
I. “…We have forgotten that we ourselves are dust of the earth (cf. Gen 2:7); our very bodies are made up of her elements, we breathe her air and we receive life and refreshment from her waters…” (Composition by Annie Cannon)
II. “…The violence present in our hearts is also reflected in the symptoms of sickness evident in the soil, in the water, in the air and in all forms of life. This is why the earth herself, burdened and laid waste, is among the most abandoned and maltreated of our poor; she ‘groans in travail’ (Rom 8:22)…” (Composition by Jessica Lynn Clark)
III. “…This sister now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her. We have come to see ourselves as her lords and masters, entitled to plunder her at will…” (Composition by Joanne Kollman)
IV. “…The Spirit, infinite bond of love, is intimately present at the very heart of the universe, inspiring and bringing new pathways…” (Composition by John Teply)
V. “…We have only one heart, and the same wretchedness which leads us to mistreat an animal will not be long in showing itself in our relationships with other people. Every act of cruelty towards any creature is ‘contrary to human dignity’… We can hardly consider ourselves to be fully loving if we disregard any aspect of reality: ‘Peace, justice and the preservation of creation are three absolutely interconnected themes…” (Composition by Gates Callanan)
VI. “…Human beings and material objects no longer extend a friendly hand to one another; the relationship has become confrontational. This has made it easy to accept the idea of infinite or unlimited growth, which proves so attractive to economists, financiers and experts in technology. It is based on the lie that there is an infinite supply of the earth’s goods, and this leads to the planet being squeezed dry beyond every limit…” (Composition by Elliott Wall)
– Pope Francis