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It is a symbol of hard times and giving joyfully out of poverty.

2 Corinthians 8:1-9

Emptied and Consumed


Marianne Lettieri


Curated by: 

Janna Aliese



Image by Giorgio Trovato

Primary Scripture

Moreover, brothers, we make known to you the grace of God which has been given in the assemblies of Macedonia;
how that in much proof of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded to the riches of their generosity.
For according to their power, I testify, yes and beyond their power, they gave of their own accord,
begging us with much entreaty to receive this grace and the fellowship in the service to the saints.
This was not as we had expected, but first they gave their own selves to the Lord, and to us through the will of God.
So we urged Titus, that as he had made a beginning before, so he would also complete in you this grace.
But as you abound in everything, in faith, utterance, knowledge, all earnestness, and in your love to us, see that you also abound in this grace.
I speak not by way of commandment, but as proving through the earnestness of others the sincerity also of your love.
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that you through his poverty might become rich.

2 Corinthians 8:1-9

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.

Spark Notes

The Artist's Reflection

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.

Marianne Lettieri

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