The current exhibition in the Matz Gallery is ‘The Ploughshares’ a group of assemblages created by Christy Park
The assemblages have been created from old tools and implements, combined with fibers, paint, and pastel sewn onto canvas are part of a series about war. The Ploughshares were inspired by these lines from the Book of Isaiah:
“they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.”
The artist says that while It is tempting to include actual weapons (swords, axes) the power of Isaiah’s message is that we should discard these things and turn away from conflict. However some of the works retain vestiges of their former purpose in how they are mounted or what is added to them.
“The Ploughshares” runs from August 1st to August 31st in the Matz Gallery at the Sawyer Free Library,2 Dale Ave. Gloucester.