Doors: Day 1

Genesis 1:3-5:

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there wa
s evening, and there was morning—the first day.

Luz and Cole, while giving us the subject matter, didn't give us many other guidelines. After meeting to talk about the artwork, we weren't even set on doors, just panels of some kind.

By the time we came to talk of doors, it was time to get started. So my friend Sarah and I went off to the Re-Store to purchase some salvaged doors. The two louvered doors you see here were $1 each, the old-fashioned hinges to attach them, $2 each. I never would have gone for louvers, but Sarah, a designer, helped me pick out 6 totally different doors.

We wanted to incorporate words somehow, without being overly obvious, and for this one we wanted light to be the main feature. So Jessi collaged together printed pages of scripture, stained with sepia and black ink, and hand wrote in every language and font we could find the words for "Light" "Dark" "Word" and "Speak". The bottom panels, like the one shown here, are solid and so are dark when the light shows through the louvers, as in the top photo. The words look very subtle, but rich. (you can see the word "luz" in the upper left corner; a tribute to Luz's name, which is the spanish word for "light.")

The top louvred panels are finished with copper and gold acrylic glazes, and silver leaf to really reflect the light from the lamp which stands behind it. The idea was to have the light reflected as pouring and dripping through the slats, formless as yet, but still glorious and gushing light.