David Orth

 

Member profile details

Membership level
Annual Membership
First name
David
Last name
Orth
Organization
Orth Sculpture
Phone
708-288-5199
 

Contact Information

Address
20817 Bunker Hill Road
City
Marengo
Postal code
60152
Province/State
Illinois
Country
United States
 

First Image

Image No.1
Caption No.1
St. Paul's Episcopal Cross - Louisville, KY
Description No.1
bronze & graphics
 

Second Image

Image No.2
Caption No.2
Seabury Western Chapel Furnishings
Description No.2
bronze
 

Third Image

Image No.3
Caption No.3
Altar of St. Francis
Description No.3
bronze
 

Arts data

Relation to Art
  • Artist
Arts Media
  • Sculpture
  • Liturgical art - installation
  • Iconography
  • Digital art
Arts Proficiency
Professional
Artist Statement
For instance, if I am designing an altar, I have to "come to the altar." In some sort of way I have to start over - let old emotion and old notions go. They might come back, but if they do they come back renewed. I always thought T. S. Eliot had it right: "And any action is a step to the block, to the fire, down the sea's throat or to an illegible stone: and that is where we start." The part of me that thinks it knows relaxes. The part that is afraid is invited to come forward. In order to make an altar, I must come to the altar: seeking, listening, looking for revelation, transformation, something new.

At some point the second stage of design kicks in. Here there is indeed 'invention', long experience in the shop, and knowledge of history, design, materials, and liturgy. These two distinct movements inside the artist (vulnerability & skill, let’s call them) can come into a respectful, even loving, relationship with each other. A spiritual chemistry ensues which allows for a new creation.
 

Church data

Denomination
Episcopal
Diocese
Chicago Diocese
Parish
St. Ann's Parish - Woodstock, Illinois
Church Name
St. Ann's Episcopal Church
 

Additional information

About
Liturgical furnishings in wood, steel, & bronze. Altars. Processional crosses. Pectoral crosses. Lecterns. Fonts. Modern-primitive styling. Layered, multi-cultural design process.



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