Marianne Lettieri has created a beautiful installation in response to 2 Corinthians 8:1-9 and the theme of poverty.
And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonianchurches. In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people. And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us. So we urged Titus, just as he had earlier made a beginning, to bring also to completion this act of grace on your part. But since you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you—see that you also excel in this grace of giving.
I am not commanding you, but I want to test the sincerity of your love by comparing it with the earnestness of others. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.
Credits: Photograph by Belinda Carr. Installation with permission of Woodside Village Church in Woodside, CA.
From the Artist:
This well-worn hutch was a permanent fixture in my grandmother’s kitchen. It probably had been there during the Great Depression when she worked in a South Carolina textile mill. I remember it filled with home-canned peaches, tomatoes, and green beans that she picked from her garden and shared generously with neighbors. It is a symbol of hard times and giving joyfully out of poverty. In response to the scripture passage, I set the humble cupboard on the dais of a rural chapel built at the end of the 19th century in Northern California. Hundreds of common glass food jars, transformed with silvered interiors and candles, flow from the cabinet and down the aisle. The installation evokes an altar spilling forth its treasure of sacred vessels.Though Christ was rich, for our sakes he became poor, that through his poverty we might become rich.
Marianne Lettieri creates art with everyday objects that reveal the passage of time through repetitive use and daily routines. Her mixed media constructions explore the preoccupations and temporality of life and investigate value systems associated with materials and artifacts. She lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her artwork is in the collections of the City of Palo Alto, California, Oracle Corporation, San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, and International Museum of Collage, Assemblage and Construction. She has an M.F.A. in Spatial Arts from San Jose State University and B.F.A. in Drawing and Printmaking from University of Florida. Marianne is a member of the board of directors for Christians in the Visual Arts.
Image is copyrighted by the artist and used here by permission.