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February Issue 2005

Mepkin Abbey in Moncks Corner, SC, Features Works by Susan Hull Walker

Inspired by the Jewish Tallit, or Prayer Shawl, Susan Hull Walker has reinterpreted these garments which wrap and shape the body in its interior repose. Why Not Be Turned Into Fire, an exhibition of hand-woven prayer shawls rendered in miniature form, will be displayed in the Little Gallery in the Mepkin Abbey Store in Moncks Corner, SC, through Feb. 27, 2005.

The miniature shawls reflect upon three different cycles in the contemplative life. The first cycle depicts the seven offices in the Liturgy of the Hours, as described by St. Benedict and practiced by the monks of Mepkin Abbey. These pieces convey the artist's experience of Plainsong, or communal prayer, offered in daily rhythm. The use of the stripe in its many variations, suggests the edges of solitude and community, of work and prayer.

The second cycle offers a personal expression of the interior pulse of prayer. Drawing from the inherent structure of plainweave - each warp thread intersecting with each weft thread forming thereby a cross - the artist studies the intimacies of her own heart at prayer.

The third cycle, Communion, suggest a movement out from the contemplative center to the cosmic or universal embrace of our Oneness. The circle, her, completes the cross. All is one.

Walker has studied religion and textile design. As a textile artist she studied at the Savannah School of Art and Design, Arrowmont School of Arts and Craft (TN) and the Weaving Center (NH). She has exhibited in numerous galleries in Charleston as well as in the American Artists for Diversity in Marrakech, Morocco. Walker was curator of the Mosaics of Mary exhibition in Charleston (May 2004).

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call the gallery at 843/761-5509 or at (www.mepkinabby.org).

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