Cindy Cage

Artist bio

Because I have learned that our deepest beliefs in beauty and truth can escort us out of dark days with our hope intact, I am given to this mission - to make art for the child in all of us. A person with a childlike heart is humbly resigned to being in a state of dependence no matter their age. A childlike disposition causes us to look outside ourselves, ready to learn and then to believe, even in that which we cannot see. Surrounding ourselves with beauty and truth helps us secure a hopeful foundation to stand upon when days of difficulty come to us. My work is to get my self out of the way and tell stories that will nudge the artist deep within all of us to come alive with the heart of a child. My purpose is singular, but my materials are varied. Besides my digital work, I enjoy creating with torch fired enamels, stained glass, encaustics, acrylics and paper clay. It took most of my life for me to understand the gifts I've been entrusted with and today I endeavor to be a good steward of them. I am a storyteller in whatever medium I choose. I want to make meaningful and imaginary work that grows my own sense of reality and that of others. I saw a glimmer of my artistic voice at a young age, and rediscovered it as an adult through illness and grief.


Praying Through Chains

Artist Statement

The medium I chose for my submission is paper clay. It seemed appropriate to use paper to fashion a man praying, for men are frail at best. I endeavored to show the exertion in this man’s expression and perseverance as he raises his eye brows and chin toward God, an act of faith. Looking away from the chains that bind him. For all who call out to God know, our chains become light and momentary affliction as prayer brings us the strength to endure.

The armature is built from wood and plastic piping. I made the chain links from copper wire and scripture reference plaque from copper sheet.

How it fits into contest

Reading Ephesians 6:10-20 always reminds me that the Christian life is one of exertion. We are commanded to be strong, put on, take off, wrestle, stand, pray, keep alert and persevere. Though the Christian life is not without difficulty, it is also rich and fulfilling. The Apostle Paul begins these verses with the foundation which supports us in our warfare - the strength of God’s might. He closes this passage with a reference to himself as an ambassador in chains and reminds us how to draw from God’s strength in the fight - praying at all times in the Spirit. Prayer is the best and most important work we do.


Cindy Cage

How to Purchase this Artwork

Type of work: a unique original
Purchase price: $375

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