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Poerwowidagdo, Timur - VM - Magnificat

Timur Poerwowidagdo: Magnificat
by Mary
I’m bursting with God-news;
I’m dancing the song of my Savior God.
God took one good look at me, and look what happened –
I’m the most fortunate woman on earth!
What God has done for me will never be forgotten,
the God whose very name is holy, set apart from all others.
His mercy flows in wave after wave
on those who are in awe before him.
He bared his arm and showed his strength,
scattered the bluffing braggarts.
He knocked tyrants off their high horses,
pulled victims out of the mud.
The starving poor sat down to a banquet;
the callous rich were left out in the cold.
He embraced his chosen child, Israel;
he remembered and piled on the mercies, piled them high.
It’s exactly what he promised,
beginning with Abraham and right up to now.
The text of the Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55) is taken from The Message, The New Testament in Contemporary Language by Eugene Peterson.
Timur Poerwowidagdoearned her B.A. degree in Art Education from Diponegoro State University in Semarang, Java in Indonesia in 1964. She received her doctorandus degree in Art Education from Yogyakarta State University in 1981. She served as a member of the Board of the Asian Christian Art Association (ACAA) from 1985 until 1990. She is both a member of the ACAA and Yogyakarta’s Artists Association in Indonesia. Her work has been shown in a solo sculpture exhibition and group art shows in Yogyakarta. One of her sculptures is in the collection of the Adam Malik Museum in Jakarta. Her sketches, sculpture, and articles were published in the Asian Christian Art Association’s magazine Image. Currently she lives in Yogyakarta with her husband. 

Magnificat is part of the international travelling exhibition CHARIS, which includes works by 7 Asian and 7 North American artists that explore the implications of Christian faith and artistic practice in a world where the convergence of cultures is the norm rather than the exception. As the outgrowth of the artists’ participation in a two-week seminar in Indonesia during the summer of 2008 the exhibit represents the ongoing dialogue of these artists on the challenges of cross-cultural communication and the need for people of faith to address real-world issues of social justice, peace and reconciliation, and the effects of globalization wherever one lives. The exhibition includes paintings, sculptures, assemblage, fiber constructions, installations and video projections. The exhibit will travel through North America before heading to Asia in 2012. January - mid-March 2011 the exhibition will be shown at the Dadian Gallery, Luce Center for the Arts and Religion, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C.

ArtWay Visual Meditation November 28, 2010