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Winter 2003 | Volume 26, Number 1 | Campus
Abstract Art and Concrete Faith: Alumni
Donate Painting by Ben Frank Moss

and an abstract landscape painter living in one body, New Hampshire artist Ben Frank Moss sometimes has a difficult time talking with his own community of faith about his work. Says Greg Wolfe, Seattle Pacific University writer-in-residence and editor of Image: A Journal of the Arts and Religion, “I’ve admired Ben as an artist who works in abstraction — or near-abstraction — an artistic form that many Christians don’t understand or even approve of.”

Moss was recently invited to campus to talk about his work. During the visit, alumni Joan Morrow Hollowell ’64 and Rex Hollowell ’61 presented one of Moss’ paintings to President Philip Eaton, who accepted it on behalf of the University. The painting joins SPU’s growing art collection and will be displayed on campus.

Moss’ canvases seem joyfully splashed with oils. For more than 30 years, his work has been shown throughout the United States and in 1995 was featured in Image. “Hidden away, deep in the artist,” Moss wrote in Image, “is an acknowledged longing to be held, captivated by a spiritual force — something unseen but sensed.”

A general mistrust of abstraction — as opposed to literal representation — in art leads some in Moss’ Christian circles to question the meaning of his work. Says Wolfe, “That’s never troubled Ben. He’s always had the sense that abstraction can speak profoundly about our response to God’s creation.”

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