David Orth

 

Member profile details

Membership level
Expired Memberships
First name
David
Last name
Orth
Phone
815-943-4099
 

Contact Information

Address
20817 Bunker Hill Road
City
Marengo
Postal code
60152
Province/State
IL
Country
usa
 

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
  • Other
  • Ceramics
Arts Proficiency
Professional
Artist Statement
When I design an altar, I draw on the deep connections between nature (the wood, the metal, the stone), the Divine, and the complexities of our own spiritual journey drawn out between them. The process seems most supported by listening and observing, especially going into this place where the Divine touches us and we once again open to the beauty and truth of things here below and there above. In this inner place one finds healing and courage, as well as forging and refining fires. The part that thinks it knows learns to reconsider. The part that is afraid is asked to come forward. The part that hangs on tightly begins to let go. In order to make an altar, the artist must come to the altar, listen, and seek this place of personal and artistic revelation/transformation.

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. This is very interesting, because in a small way it mirrors Genesis 1. Something hovers over the "waters" - lovingly, and full of curiosity. 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. Processional crosses. Pectoral crosses. Lecterns. Bronze cremation urns. Modern-primitive styling which mediates new and old in architecture, theology, and tone. Also, tables, etc. for the home are a longtime specialty.



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