We are pleased to feature this image of Psalm 16, a dynamic collage by renowned visual artist Nicora Gangi. Previously we have featured other works by Ms. Gangi including the pastel Sound of Their Wings and the collage Psalm 18.
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Keep me safe, my God,
for in you I take refuge.
I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord;
apart from you I have no good thing.”
I say of the holy people who are in the land,
“They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.”
Those who run after other gods will suffer more and more.
I will not pour out libations of blood to such gods
or take up their names on my lips.
LORD, you alone are my portion and my cup;
you make my lot secure.
The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
surely I have a delightful inheritance.
I will praise the LORD, who counsels me;
even at night my heart instructs me.
I keep my eyes always on the LORD.
With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will rest secure,
because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
nor will you let your faithful one see decay.
You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
“This psalm has Jesus Christ in it. It begins with such expressions of devotion as may be applied to Christ yet concludes with a confidence of a resurrection. One, which is to prevent corruption that only, applies to Christ. David speaks of the prospect, which the Redeemer had of His resurrection and the glory that should follow. Both Peter and Paul quoted this psalm in Acts 2: 24, 13: 36.
This psalm is one that we may surely use to encourage one another and edify ourselves and then learn: that it is our wisdom and duty to set the Lord Jesus always before us, and to see Him continually at our right hand wherever we are, to gaze upon Him as our chief good and highest end, our owner, ruler and judge, our gracious benefactor, our sure guide.
We have little to hope for from this life but we shall rest in hope of a better life. We can put off the body in that hope. Christ’s resurrection is a sure promise of ours if we are His. Our pleasures here are transient and momentary, but those at God’s right hand are pleasures for evermore, pleasures in the immediate vision and fulfillment of an eternal God”
Ms. Gangi has generously given us a glimpse into her process for creating this collage. This is a “color notation” she created and referred to while making Psalm 16.
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Nicora Gangi was born in Indiana in 1952 and was educated at the Hartford Art School (Hartford, Connecticut) Montclair State College (Montclair, New Jersey) and Syracuse University (Syracuse, New York) (BFA 1974 and MFA 1976). She was a professor of art at Syracuse University for 29 years. She now resides in New York City.
Ms. Gangi’s work has been featured in such publications as Artist Magazine, Pastel Artist International, CMYK, American Artist Magazine, International Artist Magazine and many others. Her work is featured on the cover of several poetry journals including The Comstock Review’s Winter 2008 national poetry journal.
In 2011 she was an award winner from the Pastel Journal 100 Competition. She is also a recipient of the Harris Popular Award from the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, N.Y., the 2005 Grand Prize from The Pastel Journal, and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award in 2008 among others.
Nicora Gangi has lectured regionally and nationally as a visiting artist at colleges and universities and artist’s guilds on such varied topics as, “Spiritual Symbolism in Art” and “Personal Expression Through The Pastel Medium.” Recently she taught for Gordon College in Orvieto, Italy.
Read her entire Bio and see more works at www.NicoraGangi.com
Image is copyrighted by Nicora Gangi and used here by permission. If you are interested in using this image in any way please contact Ms. Gangi for permission.
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