Erling Hope

Wednesday, 08 December 2010 01:23
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Media  Sculpture, Digital Moving Image


Undergraduate and post-baccalaureate work includes studies in art and liturgical environment at Pratt Institute, Skidmore College, and Yale University. I studied under sculptors Leroy Setziol in the Pacific Northwest, and William King in New York. I have exhibited widely and am represented in private and liturgical collections throughout the United States. Hands-on experience designing and building spans nearly 30 years. I currently serve as President of the Society for the Arts, Religion, and Contemporary Culture, NYC, and served as Artist-in-Residence for Andover Newton Theological Schools summer Institute for Theology and the Arts, 1999-2002, and served as Pastoral Clerk for Peconic Bay Quaker Meeting from 2006-2009.

Artist Statement 

My work stems from a simple observation; that where we are influences how we pray. We do not worship in a vacuum. The quality of our prayer, the depth of our communion, even--by extension--the candor of our fellowship, are all influenced by our physical surroundings in subtle but inescapable ways. The desire to play some active role, however small, in nourishing the spiritual life of the individual and of the worshiping community, through the arrangement of objects, images and the built environment, emerges from this impression.

Just what it is about a space, or an object or image, which invites us to a state of reverence is a mystery. It is also probably very personal, and individual. But patterns do emerge: the delicate balance of proportions, the dramatic interplay of light and dark, warm and cool, or the way that texture can invite the body--the true temple--to hum its own hymn of praise. These are among the elements which guide us, each to different degrees. These are the principles which conspire to lead us to that ultimately human act upon which prayer and meditation depend: reflection. 

Like any artist or designer, I work with these elements on a daily basis. But as a liturgical artist and designer, my attention is focused on how these elements influence the religious sensibility, how they influence faith.

Title: Our Lady
Star of the Sea
Medium: Walnut,
gold leaf
Year: 2010
Title: Font 2
Medium: Quartzite,
red oak, bronze
Year: 1996
Title: Processional
cross #48
Medium: Various,
wood, gold leaf
Year: 2006
Title: Our Lady Star of the Sea Altar Table
Medium: American black walnut
Year: 2010
Title: (Speculative Project)
Medium: digital print