CHRISTINE A. FORSYTHE, Forty Nights
Howard-type process on Rives BFK
The concept behind this print has been something that I have been working with for a number of years. I was first inspired by an artist friend who decided to create a piece of art every day of Lent until Easter. The dedication to not only make art, but also to use the process of art making as a time of meditation and devotion is something I personally find humbling and cleansing.
Forty is a number that is thematic in the Christian faith and is usually referenced with the concept of spiritual journey, temptation and renewal. We often think of forty days, but I was intrigued with the darkness of the nights Ñ the nights being a more difficult void to navigate.
Christine A. Forsythe is a Professor of Art at Messiah College where she teaches courses in the fine crafts and design. She earned the MFA degree in Textiles from The School for American Craft at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. ChristiÕs recent work in the area of hand papermaking and artist books has been exhibited across the country in many solo and juried group exhibitions. A popular workshop instructor, Christi has given many classes in papermaking, book structures, paper marbling, and artist books for CIVA, the Glen Workshops, and most recently Gordon College in Orvieto, Italy.