Artist Janna Luttrell brings us two text-based charcoal works in response to the theme of “Dancing” from Psalm 87:7.
All the Live Long Day
Crying in the Rain
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7 As well the singers as the players on instruments shall be there: all my springs are in thee.
While looking at the theme of dancing in the Bible, Psalm 87:7 stuck out to me as it refers to dancers themselves more than other verses and in this context, what they are doing or are being instructed to do. Is this a musical cue, like in many of the psalms, where the writer tells the dancers to say “All my springs are in you,”? Or is the writer stating that dancers and singers alike are inclined to speak these things about the Lord? Either way, the point is to express that the source of life is God. At the same time as researching this verse, I had also been thinking about emotions and how they correlate to our experience of the divine. Why does moving our bodies or crying tears accompany what we might call a “religious experience”? Are these both forms of release for the springs that flow through us? As a response to the verse I created a pair of text drawings with these ideas in mind. I intend for them to be drawings in their own right as well as renderings for a site specific piece where the text would be applied directly in an environment. A person would encounter the fragments in same way that elusive thoughts come to us as we move through the events of life. These fragments also allude to popular song lyrics that tie in with the water imagery of the verse and might come to us as we are experiencing the springs of life that both pour out of us and overwhelm us.
Janna Luttrell is a visual artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Janna spends her time thinking about language, absurdity, and perception. Through site specific installations that function as concrete poems, she explores the physicality of language and it’s potential interactions with the built environment. Her drawings straddle the line between geometric abstraction and carefully rendered worlds of two point perspective. Originally from Virginia, Janna completed her BFA in west Texas and her Masters degree in fine art at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, England. She has exhibited across the US and Europe.