James Paterson

These wire “drawing-like” sculptural pieces I call Prayer Machines are an expression of my desire to go beyond the arbitrariness of verbal language in prayer. I find that words often fail me when I pray. I can’t always find a word that will objectively describe a longing, desire or feelings that I have and as a visual artist. I wondered what prayer would look like if I could see it. Obviously once made, the art pieces then become subjective because they are a material representation of my prayer which is an organic and relational process.  Yet I call them machines because they do something; in a fleeting sort of way these whimsical Prayer Machines begin to capture in visual essence, the elusive butterfly, this prayer that is my meager attempt to communicate with my Creator.


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