Today we feature the young and talented Patrice Quamina who belongs to the parish of St Paul’s in Couva.
Patrice is a third year design student at the University of the West Indies and a past pupil of Holy Faith Convent in Couva. Patrice is also the founder of Kinesmart. Kinesmart Education is a school which parallels the traditional grammar, vocational and comprehensive schools. This will act as a magnet for students who have high kinesthetic intelligence and learn best through hands-on practical and physical contact experiences. It is a student help programme that is designed to focus on the kinesthetic skills as the core curriculum for young children .
As for many covid was a very stressful time for Patrice, the lock down was too much so she created this magnificent peace. Her aunt, Sr. Theresa Vialva HFC loved the piece so much she created a poem to describe it entitled “Deep path”
When fear fills your soul
With cares of the world
Lines delve deep
Strokes stretch wide
Forging a tangled prison within which to hide
When hues of blue
Spatter the stale news
Paper darkens and soots
Change to misty shares of
Then know for sure
The cocoon fear
Must wait fallow
Until the Battle is won
From the underside
By Sr Theresa Vialva
We would love to get your feedback on this Visio Divina piece;.
Visio Divina (Latin for “divine seeing”) is a method for praying with images. Through Visio Divina we invite you to see beyond first and second impressions, and even beyond your initial ideas, judgments, or understandings. Our hope is to create a connection to the divine through local art.
So here is how we are going to do it.
1. Set aside 20 minutes in the day for the guided prayer experience
2. As you begin to prayer take a few minutes to open your heart and mind to God.
3. When you are ready, slowly look and notice the image, taking your time to let feelings and thoughts come to you as you take in forms, figures, colors, lines, textures, and shapes. What does it look like, or remind you of? What are your initial thoughts? What feelings are evoked?
4. Now, return to the image with an open heart and mind again. You may now experience new thoughts, meanings, and feelings. Start, exploring new meanings and feeling that come to you associated with the image. Be aware of any assumptions or expectations that you bring to the image. Regardless of your response to the image — delight, disgust, indifference, and confusion — contemplate prayerfully the reason for your response and what these responses might mean for and about you.
5. As you go deeper in this prayer, open yourself to what the image might reveal to you. What does the Spirit want to say, evoke, make known, or express to you in quiet meditation? What are your feelings, thoughts, desires, and meanings evoked by the image and how they are directly connected to your life?
6. Now, take the time to respond to God. Jot down in a journal the insights you want to remember, actions you are invited to take, wisdom you hope to embody, or any feelings or thoughts you wish to express. Bring your prayer to a close by resting in God’s grace and love. Please email us as at firstname.lastname@example.org on the impact this activity may have had on your day, and be sure to share the artist’s image on your social media feeds.
Source info: https://www.patheos.com/resources/additional-resources/2009/07/praying-with-art-visio-divina
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