My Holy Orders

Collage and other artwork By Sandra Marcom Carlman

Nouwen  Gallery 1

                        

         

These are my earliest collages.  Available in print in either of two sizes, 8"x10" print, matted to fit in an 11" x 14" frame for $35, or 13" x 19" print matted to fit in an 18"x 24" frame for $45.

Cards may also be ordered in sets of 4 (all the same) for $12.

 

When We Are Crushed Like Grapes            Not for sale

 

"When we are crushed like grapes, we cannot think of the wine we will become.  The sorrow overwhelms us, makes us throw ourselves on the ground, face down, and sweat drops of blood.  Then we need to be reminded that our cup of sorrow is also our cup of joy, and that one day we will be able to taste the joy as fully as we now taste the sorrow."

                                          Henri J.M. Nouwen

                                     Can You Drink the Cup?

 

 

This is the collage that began my journey.  When I first read these words, I wondered if  I would ever smile again.  I claimed these words in faith that I would survive the disaster of my son's death and live to again experience joy.

 

Available only in print and card form. 

 

 

Whose Cup Is This?                                  Not for Sale

"Whose cup is this?  It is our cup, the cup of human suffering.  For each of us our sorrows are deeply personal.  For all of us our sorrows, too, are universal."

                                           Henri J.M. Nouwen

                                     Can You Drink the Cup?

 

 

This is another of my earliest collages, done when I didn't know that Henri Nouwen had authored more than forty books. In this photo you can see that I did not give the title of the book the quote was from, only its author.

 

Available only in print and card form.

 

Being Fully Known and Fully Loved            Not for Sale

"Being fully known and fully loved by fellow human beings in the Name of God . . . gives us the courage to drink our cup to the bottom, knowing it is the cup of our salvation.  It will allow us not only to live well but to die well."

                                     Henri J.M. Nouwen

                                  Can You Drink the Cup?

 

The chalice here is shown as it approaches the mouth of the communicant.  To form the cross, which all of these first collages had, I cut the olive paper from the middle to form narrow stripes which I folded outward.  The cross then partly shows the wine color of the background.

 

Available only in print and card form.

 

 

Drinking the Cup of Life                            Not for sale

"Drinking the cup of life is fully appropriating and internalizing our own unique existence, with all its sorrows and joys."

                                           Henri J.M. Nouwen

                                     Can You Drink the Cup?

 

 

The familiar elements of hands, chalice, and cross here are used with a different color set.  The cross, in this case, is formed by the negative spaces.

 

Available only in print and card form.

 

 

In the Midst of Sorrows                              Not for sale

 

 

 "In the midst of sorrows is consolation, in the midst of the darkness is light, in the midst of despair is hope, in the midst of Babylon is a glimpse of Jerusalem, and in the midst of the army of demons is the consoling angel.  The cup of sorrow, inconceivable as it seems, is also the cup of joy.  Only when we discover this in our own life can we consider drinking it."

                                                                          Henri J.M. Nouwen

                                                                    Can You Drink the Cup?

 

The chalice in this collage is a negative space cut from rice paper that overlays rectangles of black, grays, and blues.  The cross is very tiny in the middle of the gold circular forms representing the positives mentioned in the chosen text.

 

Available only in print and card form.

 

If We Have the Discipline             Not for sale             

"If we have the discipline to stay put and not let these dark voices intimidate us, they will gradually lose their strength and recede into the background, creating space for the softer, gentler voices of the light. . . . They come from a very deep place and from very far.  They have been speaking to us since before we were born and they reveal to us that there is no darkness in the One who sent us into the world  -- only light."

                                       Henri J.M. Nouwen

                                Can You Drink the Cup?

 

 

                    (detail)                                                                                                                                                        

 There is no outline to the chalice in this collage formed by the text only.  At the base of the silver cross an embossed white circle represents the communion wafer.  The diagonal placement of cross and wafer also suggests the slow movement of a pendulum counting out the minutes of  life.

 

 Available only in print and card form.

 

 

 

To find our more about these and other Henri Nouwen publications, go to     http://www.henrinouwen.org/

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