The lush visuals of Claire Bateman’s work hearken to the tangible abundance of God’s mercy offered in Jude 1:2:

Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.




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Claire Bateman, Veridical, 2017
Alcohol inks on three stacked layers of polyester film




From the Artist:

May mercy, peace, and love be lavished on you.  In my piece, “Veridical,” I imagine this lavishing as a kind of botanical abundance, as expressed in Hildegard of Bingen’s poetic statement, “The Word is living, being, spirit, all verdant greening, all creativity. This Word manifests itself in every creature.”





Photo by Mary Robbins Hesketh

Claire Bateman is the author of eight poetry collections, most recently, Scape with New Issues Poetry & Prose (Kalamazoo). Her other collections are The Bicycle Slow Race (Wesleyan University Press, 1991), Friction (Eighth Mountain Poetry Prize, 1998), At the Funeral of the Ether (Ninety-Six Press, 1998), Clumsy (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2003), Leap (New Issues, 2005), Coronology(Etruscan Press, 2010), and Locals (Serving House Books, 2012). She has been awarded Individual Artist Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and the Surdna Foundation, as well as the New Millennium Writing Award and two Pushcart Prizes, and has taught at Clemson University and various workshops and conferences. She lives in Greenville, SC, teaches at the Fine Arts Center, and is an advisory editor for Orison Press.

More of her work can be found at





This work was curated by Jonathon Roberts.

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