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"When peace like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll
Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say
It is well, it is well, with my soul."
Weidmann gently weaves a sea of script back into the context from which it first transpired. In the 1800's, Horatio Spafford's, "It Is Well With My Soul," was penned while crossing the ocean scene where the lives of his four daughters were lost in a tragic shipwreck. These words, heavy with feeling and brilliant with praise and peace, are well-worn into the souls of many as one of the world's most beloved hymns. In the midst of terrible loss and heartache, we can declare, "it is well, it is well with my soul!"
Sailors of long ago looked to the heavens to find their way on this earth. Though the seas would churn and the winds would blow, the heavens remained their constant guide. Burning stars above would chart their course across tumultuous seas, which threatened to claim their lives. Beyond the stars sailors spoke of a greater force, which they believed kept them safe and guided them home- this was the divine.
A ‘sojourner’ is a traveler who does not stay long in any one place. Whether we are literally traveling across an open sea or simply making our way through life, we are all sojourners. So, within the center of the compass rose is a ship sailing across high seas- a reminder that life brings waves to crash against our hull and test the strength of our vessel.
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The reformation of traditional verbiage is a prevailing theme in Weidmann’s work. He strives to take calligraphy to a new level within fine art, as shown in this piece which dictates Isaiah 53:4-5 in one continuous trajectory. The line intersects upon itself ten times, ending at its beginning to create a crown of thorns from the written word. A drop of blood indicates the struggle described in the verses: “Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our inequities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.”
The face of Arapaho tribal leader, Anon Soldier Wolf, and the words of his headdress tell the story of every wise man’s musings.
Weidmann has had the unique honor of visiting the Wind River Indian Reservation near Riverton, Wyoming where he was able to connect with the people of the Northern Arapaho tribe. His experience there inspired him to create a piece that pays homage to the Arapaho warrior way of life.
Words by Eleanor Perry-Smith are as feathers in this proud headdress, adorning the warrior’s head as plumes of fruitful thought – He is a worthy steward.
"Is man a place of open plains,
Is he a speck on coat of fur,
Is he a dormant rattlesnake,
Is he a yell or just a whisper?
Is man a stone to cast aside,
Is he a road to tread upon,
Is he a jar where soul abides,
Is he a shadow in the sun?
Is man the sprawling Aspen root,
Is he the floating seed of weeds,
Is he the warm wind of the west,
Is he the frigid of the east?
Is man a battle or a cycle,
Is he a bird without a perch,
Is he doomed to fly in circles,
Is he a worthy steward?"
For more on Eleanor Perry-Smith and her writing, please visit http://www.ep-s.com/