Monday, August 22, 2011

Christian Art: Liz Lemon Swindle

What a last name! Must be strange to open an exhibition for her and then announce this with "The great Liz Lemon Swindle!" She should have had Malcolm McLaren as her manager. But what's in a name? It's all about the works! And what works they are! A few notes on this. The artist seems to be a member of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, also known as the Mormons. Mormonism is just a part of Christianity, be it with revelations of Joseph Smith that came after the New Testament, which is why it is despised so much by other Christian denominations that do not recognize any revelations after the New Testament. This is an interesting point by the way. Two denominations might not get along because of different interpretations of Scripture, but adding new material to Scripture is the surest way to be despised by all other denominations. Judaism rejected Christianity because of it, Christianity rejected Islam because of it, in fact Islam in its earliest days was descibed by "Christians of the East and West [...] as Christian heresy" (Chidester, p. 172), and Protestantism at large now rejects Mormonism for it. I wonder why new revelations that result in new Scriptural contributions are considered to be the ultimate blasphemy. But enough speculation on that, back to Swindle! I included one of her portraits of Joseph Smith in this post, just to anchor the Mormon character of her work. In fact a lot of her illustrations I had already met and even used, like in the post on Mormon art for example, but I didn't know she was the author. Damn modernist alienation at work again! I also love how she depicts modern situations, like the business man contemplating his life in an airplane. That look on his face, only the faithful artist can pull that off!

 Even Superman Needs a Dad
 Of One Heart, Joseph Smith in Liberty Jail
 Lost Sheep
 Let's Get Papa
 What Profiteth a Man: The Rich Young Ruler (Modern)
 Hold On Tight
Let the Children Come
Against the Wind

Source: David Chidester. Christianity. A Global History. Penguin Books Limited. Great Britain, 2000.

1 comment:

  1. Never mind her name. :) What an artist! The Rich Young Ruler is amazing. Her ability to tell a whole story through one expression is a gift. I also love the Joseph Smith one. I remember when I first saw it, my heart went out to him.
    Thanks for sharing.