…. ‘As a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him [Jesus], things in heaven and things on earth’….. Ephesians 1:3-14
The earth is the Lord’s …… Psalm 24
Pentecost 7 Yr B
There are so many layers to Country. River Red Gum is a visual depiction of those layers. A piece completed after doing a course on aboriginal spirituality with Dr Anne Patel Gray. When this was first exhibited A Aboriginal elder from a people who’s land covers the flinders ranges came up to me a said he knows that tree.
This tree can be found by a walk thorough Sacred Canyon in the Flinders Ranges, South Australia. You climb out and on a bank in the middle with a creeek bed running either side is where this River Red Gum is to be found.
There are many layers it illustrate beauty in this piece. Western ways – photography – collage & drawing – aerial map & photo pinpointing tree. Indigenous ways – the frame representing connecting between heaven & earth – Song line – campfire
Each layer in itself is beautiful & together is a rich beauty.
This country has multiple layers of beauty. Scripture like our country has multiple layers With different ways of seeing. A Christian Aboriginal theology, enables another way of seeing.
Psalm 19:1-6 NRSV
The heavens are telling the glory of God;
and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours forth speech,
and night to night declares knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words;
their voice is not heard;
yet their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.
In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun,
which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy,
and like a strong man runs its course with joy.
Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
and its circuit to the end of them;
and nothing is hidden from its heat.