An art show in response to Pope Francis’s “Encyclical on Climate Change and Inequality, On Care For Our Common Home.” The point of view of the Encyclical is that everyone and everything is related and there is a fundamental basis for human dignity and for our obligation to care for one another, the planet, and the diverse creatures on it. 

For those of us that sense a bigger presence in our world, the environmental crisis can be viewed as a spiritual crisis.  Brother Sun and Sister Moon is not peculiar to any religious belief or non-belief.  This show touches on the importance of the Encyclical of Pope Francis. Artists of various spiritualities and beliefs are represented in the show.

LAUDATO SI’, mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord.”  In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us. Thus starts the Encyclical of Pope Francis.

What we are most impressed with by Pope Francis’s Encyclical is his love of the natural world, his connectedness to all life great and small, and his marvel and awe in creation. It’s a point of view in which everyone and everything is related. Justice is key in his vision. Justice to the poor, for those who are socially disadvantaged, for future generations, and to the different living creatures that we share the planet with. A conviction that to solve the environmental crisis is not an economic, technologic or scientific problem. Ultimately it’s a moral problem of our relationship to each other, our children, to future generations, to all the living things in nature, the universe, spirituality and God. Importantly, he is inclusive with a message that addresses all of us who share this planet.

Curated by : Curated by Elisabeth Jones MFA and John Teply MFA.

Catalogue designed and produced by : Shae Usina

Encyclical

Cover Art : The Enclosed Garden by Robert Eustace

Encyclical

l : ‘The Nurture’
Ikonic Mixed-Media Construction, 26”h x 20”w x 3”d

r : ‘The Enclosed Garden’
Ikonic Mixed-Media Construction, 27”h x 20”w x 3”d

Saint Eustace Fine Art