June 1 through August 20, 2014
Baya Clare, CSJ
“See to it that you make all things according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.” – Hebrews 8:5
The artistry, beauty, intricacy, and care of God is all around us, showing us the glories of our creator. We have only to stop, get out of our own ways, and let the extravagance of creation teach us the pattern of God’s ways.
“Photography helps me understand what I see, and to pay attention. It’s also a way to celebrate the intricacies and beauties of whatever is in the vicinity.
“We humans can get stuck in some pretty mean and monotonous dead ends sometimes. I think my work as a photographer – the work of all artists – is to challenge and question those, to push the walls out so light and delight can get back in and we can remember who and what we really are. We can be generous. We can live together peacefully. Everyone can flourish; everyone is meant to flourish.
“My photographs begin in a kind of contemplative gaze that looks for the surprise and delight inherent in the common details of life and living. I look to find and draw attention to those large and small patterns that permeate everything.
“I hope that my work brings you joy and flourishing. That is its purpose.”
Sister Baya Clare, CSJ, was born in Missouri in 1959 and later spent 16 years living in Colorado. She has been in Minnesota since 1986, and has been a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet since 1998. In addition to her work as a photographer, artist, and writer, Baya teaches in a federal prison in southern Minnesota. See more of Baya’s art on her website.