Women’s Artwork Bridges Cultures at Mennonite World Conference :: by Audrey Kanagy

by Audrey Kanagy

I danced all the way to the car after Elizabeth Soto Albright invited me to create artwork with women who would be attending Mennonite World Conference. After months of preparation, I headed to convention loaded down with supplies, bubbling with nervous anticipation. Along with my supplies were three example pieces of art created by the women of Living Light Mennonite Church. Although their own original purpose was to serve as a model, God had something more in mind.

Each afternoon women from various continents gathered in the Delaware room above the Main Hall to encourage women engaged in theological work and explore ways to connect across cultures. My role was to create a space where women could engage creatively, working with their hands even as they engaged their minds and hearts in the discussions. Using a method of art called decoupage, we brushed pieces of magazines onto canvases with glue, forming five images combined to create a whole picture. This project would include a compilation of women in conversation from every continent, symbols of communion, scripture, and the Holy Spirit. Continue reading