Through a Mirror Dimly

Painting by Matthew King

Painting by Matthew King


Paintings by Holly Leonard and Matthew King

On view December 10 - February 4, 2018

Artist Statement:

"When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known."

- 1 Corinthians 13: 11-12

"Through a Mirror Dimly focuses on the tension between revelation and mystery in faith, using both the verses of 1 Cor. 13:11-12 and the themes found in the C.S. Lewis novel, Till We Have Faces. The complexities of faith seem to grow as we age; we exchange simplistic, pure childlike faith for a more nuanced version tempered by doubt and choice. Our works explore this tension through the use of accumulative mark-making and obscured figures. These texts give us hope for the day we “shall know fully,” and until then, this body of work is our effort to better comprehend the fact that faith necessitates a certain measure of mystery and unknowing." 

Matthew King grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Mount Vernon Nazarene University in 2014, where he also worked as the Gallery Assistant at the Schnormeier Gallery. Matthew earned several scholarships with his portfolio before graduating. Since then, he has done artist residencies at both Second Site Studio and Open Wabi, as well as participated in a number of group shows. A selection of his poems have appeared in Penmarks Literary Journal. Matthew currently lives in Columbus, Ohio, with his wife and dog, and works as a carpenter alongside painting and writing.

Holly Leonard received her B.F.A. in Fine Arts (painting) from Gordon College in 2013. Her oil paintings merge representative images with abstraction - drawing on both organic and man-made patterns to construct and manipulate each composition. Layers of paint are built up, and then often sanded down, a process that allows images to reveal themselves over time. Holly lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband, Neil. She has shown in several local galleries and art festivals, and also leads an arts collective at Veritas Community Church.