Lil Copan

Wednesday, 29 September 2010 20:57
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Lil Copan online FOUNDING MEMBER LOGOS DIVINITY GUILDWORKS 2010-2012

Media Visual Arts

Bio 

Lil Copan is Senior Acquisitions Editor in charge of Christian Living trade lines at Abingdon Press, primary Methodist publisher of books on Christian spirituality, ecumenism, Religion and Theology. Lil is also Senior Acquisitions Editor for Ave Maria Press Catholic publishers. From her background in literature and the arts, she also alternately pens a monthly column, "On Art," for Christian Century magazine. Lil's engagement in spiritual direction and contemplative practice shapes her devotional life, also informing her painting through the impulses of native art and the spiritual language of icons.


Artist Statement 

In many of my paintings, I take dimensional work (sculpture, people, spaces) and seek to flatten the surface, in order to explore interior dimension.  In trying to be witness to another dimension, I discover both a faithfulness to dimensionality as well as a simplifying of lines. Painting is an attempt to understand the quality of something: the sound, the spirit, the witness, the silence, the motion—the gospel recorded at its most basic lines and full expression. Trying to witness one dimension through the absence of another speaks to me of the work of icons. With icons we meet a flattening that is understood as dimensional (even supra-dimensional) at the same time, where the spiritual dimension, the source of light, speaks to the spirit.  The removal of moving parts, as it were, sometimes allows us to see what is within, or behind. In my work, the saints are explored, or some expression of sacrament or sacramentality, because they offer an encounter with the centrality of the gospel: of meeting with God, of sharing that meeting, putting it in service to others.

 

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DonkeyWork
Title: Saint Ignatius
Medium: Acrylic on
canvas
Dimensions h”x w”:
24" x 18"
Year: 2008
Title: Annunciation
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Dimensions h”x w”:
16" x 20"
Year: 2009
Title: Elijah and the Donkey
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Dimensions h”x w”:
24" x 30"
Year: 2009
Title: Donkey Work
Medium: Acrylic on
canvas
Dimensions h”x w”:
24" x 18"
Year: 2008
Title: The Four Evangelists
(St. Matthew, detail)
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Dimensions h”x w”: 36" x 12"
Year: 2012