Art in the Narthex

JoAnn Borovicka

JoAnn Borovicka.

JoAnn’s work will be displayed until Feb. 27th. JoAnn Borovicka is an author, educator, and artist. Her publications include Light of the Kingdom—Biblical Topics in the Baha’i Writings, Crossing the Line—A Memoir of Race, Religion, and Change, and other interfaith works. She is a regular contributor to the Lights of Irfan Colloquia/Publications and serves as a faculty member of the Theology & Philosophy Department of the Wilmette Institute (a higher educational institution offering courses in the Bahá’í approach to social transformation). JoAnn resides in Greenville, South Carolina, with her husband, Mike, where she teaches and produces mixed media art in her home studio.

JoAnn’s artwork was recently featured as a one-woman-show at Greenville’s Centre Stage Gallery in conjunction with the play “Clue.” Her art has been showcased in other recent juried exhibitions including “Identity – Things” at the Valley Art Center (Chagrin, OH), the “Small Works Exhibit” at the Corkhouse Gallery (Savannah, GA), the “Annual All Media Exhibit” at the Octagon Gallery” (Ames, IA), the Colors of Humanity Art Gallery (online), “Open Studios” for MAC (Greenville, SC), “Facing Race Together” at the Gallery on Main (Columbia, SC), and the Wild Hare Gallery (Traveler’s Rest, SC).

Artist Statement: Rumi wrote, “Where there is ruin, there is hope for a treasure.” In my art, I begin by harvesting the ruins of modern cultural artifacts (that is, I scavenge). Then I combine my finds to speak of human treasures such as time, growth, chaos, loss, crisis, victory, relationship, and the life of the spirit. The outcome I strive for is a folk-art aesthetic with surreal imagery that captivates the viewer.

• The Art displayed in the Narthex is an ongoing project by Steve Chapp.