Location: Lima, Perú
Describe your featured work:
I worked on this project ending my last artist residence as a reaffirmation of my artist statement. I worked the verse that guides my work, in a new language for the first time, through an installation with electric light.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:5
Its name is “Presence of Light” where I evoke the luminosity and solemnity that the presence of God brings to my senses. I show an opening that allows us to contemplate the light, as an invitation to reach Him. A reminder to receive from His luminous presence each day of our lives.
This piece is important for re-inspiring my work. It took me to the ideas of “come and see”, “ask and receive”, and “seek and find”. Since then I try to apply it. All results come from approaching that great light. A prayer, a song, a poem, a cry, or a laugh. God´s presence is delicious and comforts human hearts. Being in his light, sharing with him … they are supernatural moments that open our senses to live an adventurous life, a miraculous life. I really enjoy that possibility. At the same time, it challenges me to see the Light each day of my life. I once asked: “God, let me see the greatest of your miracles in this life”.
My work explores aspects of Christian spirituality and worship through simple figurative compositions, mixed media collage, and the juxtaposition of diverse images. I delve into questions such as how we communicate with God, how people daily act out their faith, and what it is to be living in an utterly broken world. Reoccurring themes in my work are the nature of divinity and its presence in our everyday, imperfect lives; the temporary nature of man as contrasted to the permanent nature of his soul; and the relationship that man has with God, and God with man, and the manner in which that relationship is executed.
My primary medium is acrylic, though I also work in encaustic and mixed media drawing. I use each material with intentionality, giving thought to both the inherent qualities suggested through art historical reference, and the visual weight and texture each material adds to a piece.
What are you working on now?
My current work is a new series called “Gold and sand”. They are small canvas worked with sand and golden textures. I´m resuming the topic: “God reigns”. Numerous Bible verses affirm this and my favorite is part of the song of the Lamb by the “victorious people” in Revelation 15:4: “For all nations shall come and worship before You, For Your judgments have been manifested.”
I have faced many changes this year: I got married, pregnant, and Covid-19. Life runs and the most beautiful light I could see is that He is still on the throne and I am still on the earth. He still is my king and my owner and I am still being his worshiper and child. Yesterday, I prayed a Latin song: “One more time, You in me, holding me”. I use the golden color to represent the majesty and sand to represent the earthly. Both together, dwelling.
Why do you belong to CIVA?
It is a place where I find artistic production with theological content. I’m glad I was able to connect with artists who share the Christian faith and are giving the world new eyes through their art. I perceive that the CIVA team really works with passion and kindness and that encourages me a lot to continue creating. I feel at home here.
Edith López is a Peruvian artist. She explores a diversity of textures and materials to show light in her art. Her abstract paintings and installations have been exhibited in Peru, Argentina, and the USA. Edith holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a specialty in painting from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, Christian theology studies from Andean Biblical Seminar in Peru, and Mission Studies from Overseas Ministries Study Center, USA. At this time, she is pursuing a MA in Project Management at the University of Barcelona, España.