This week’s work comes from one of our favorite artists, Nicora Gangi, who brings us into Spark and Echo Art’s autumn 2012 theme: Friends and Community. Nicora creates meditative collages using synesthesia – her ability to see colors in words.


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Nicora Gangi, Your Truth from the Great Congregation, 2012, paper collage, 8.5 x 11 inches

This work is centered on Psalm 40, verse 9: I have told the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation; behold, I have not restrained my lips, as you know, O Lord.

From the Artist: The great salvation was spoken to us by the Lord (Hebrews 2:3).  It is this gospel which is spoken to all nations, His body, His bride, the great congregation, His community of believers in the Lord Jesus Christ.

The colors used are those that are contained within the passage, referring to Christ, of course, His sacrifice for His Bride, His church, and His community of believers.What is it that is spoken:God’s righteousness (blue), faithfulness (red/orange), loving kindness (golden yellows) and truth (bright light white).

In this collage, these colors proceed forth from Truth (at the top of the collage) to the community of God’s chosen people, even those yet to be come a part of the community (implied by the stars in the darkest parts of the collage). How brightly all these divine attributions shine, giving God the praise for each of them.


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.


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