For the Fall 2021 semester, Arts at Cairn welcomes artist Grace Carol Bomer to the Connie A. Eastburn Gallery. Bomer’s exhibit is titled Global City Babel, inspired and informed by the biblical account of the Tower of Babel in Genesis 11. With this collection, she examines the nature of language and truth-telling in a postmodern era.
Global City Babel points to the God who created language, who spoke the heavens and earth into existence, and who is the Word made flesh. The work seeks to express that it is he who gives meaning to all language; Bomer explains, “This Living Word redeems our babble and our towers of Babel.”
Grace Carol Bomer is a Canadian-American abstract expressionist painter who maintains a studio in the mountains of North Carolina. She has studied art at UNC Asheville and abroad in Italy and Amsterdam. Her English degree and six years as a teacher influence and inform her work as she scrawls poetic script and introduces motifs and metaphors into her visual storytelling to suggest universal themes of suffering, pilgrimage, and love. Her aesthetic language flows out of this dual love for paint and the human story.
She describes her work as being concerned with “the human condition surprised by the grace of God.” The physicality of oil paint mixed with cold wax medium, often layered on gold leaf, is the process that allows her to create abstract paintings that deal with the transcendence of an eternally relevant story.
Grace Carol Bomer’s work will be on display and available for purchase in the Eastburn Gallery through December 10, 2021. Gallery hours are Monday–Saturday from 8:30 am–4:30 pm.
If you are interested in purchasing a piece or organizing a tour for your church, school, or homeschool group, contact Matt Stemler at [email protected].
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