Artist Joe Schiavone explores the theme of eavesdropping as it relates to God’s omnipotence in Malachi 3:13-18:


“You have said harsh things against me,” says the LORD. “Yet you ask, ‘What have we said against you?’ “You have said, ‘It is futile to serve God. What did we gain by carrying out his requirements and going about like mourners before the LORD Almighty? But now we call the arrogant blessed. Certainly the evildoers prosper, and even those who challenge God escape.’ ” Then those who feared the LORD talked with each other, and the LORD listened and heard. A scrollof remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the LORD and honored his name. “They will be mine,” says the LORD Almighty, “in the day when I make up my treasured possession. I will spare them, just as in compassion a man spares his son who serves him. And you will again see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not.

Joe Schiavone viewing copyJoe Schiavone, Untitled, 2014, 24in x 36in, Mixed Media


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From the Artist:

I selected a passage from the book of Malachi (3:13-18), in which the omnipotence of God often resembles eavesdropping. Here we’re reminded that our covenants with God must be upheld with sincerity as our true feelings and intentions are always visible. My work uses medical illustration and photography to describe the types of seeing, listening and judging present throughout Malachi.

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Joe Schiavone earned a B.F.A from the School of Visual Arts in 2009. He lives in Brooklyn and works as a bookseller.



This work was curated by Rebekah Kim.

Images are copyrighted by the artist and used here by permission.

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