Born Again.
 Pittman, Lauren Wright

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Title:Born Again

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"Jesus lists metaphors that swirl around and fly over Nicodemus’ head, such as, “the wind blows where it chooses.” Jesus’ words create a halo of confusion around Nicodemus’ head.

I imagine Nicodemus faced away from Jesus with his eyes closed, grappling for answers by playing the metaphors in his head like little vignettes on repeat.

While Nicodemus spins in his searching, Jesus says simply, 'We speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen, yet you do not receive our testimony.'

In Jesus’ perspective, his explanations to Nicodemus are as real and tangible as earthly things, but for Nicodemus Jesus’ words seem so distant, so celestial. Nicodemus is a leader of the Jews; he has all of the knowledge of the law and of doctrine, but he doesn’t know Jesus. He’s not even really listening to Jesus. Jesus is right in front of his face. He can reach out and touch him. But they are light years away from one another."

I wonder how things would shift for Nicodemus if he would just look at Jesus. . ."

Lauren is an artist, graphic designer, and theologian. She studied Media Design at Middle Tennessee State University, worked as a wetlands advocate in Southern Louisiana, and attended Columbia Theological Seminary to piece together her passions for artistic expression, design, and Creation Care.

While in seminary, Lauren found a passion for seeking after God and processing scripture through visual exploration. The visual arts offered her a holy space to ask questions, take risks, and make bold statements. Her paint brush, acrylic paints, sharpies, and colored pencils became mediums for liberation, helping set her voice free. Once she began this journey in visual self expression, she became determined to create spaces where others could find this freedom and find their own voice, whether it be in the act of creating, in liturgical arts, or in visual meditative practices like Visio Divina.

While at Columbia, she also realized her background in graphic design was a great asset in ministry. In the midst of the Church's struggle for relevancy in a rapidly changing world, she saw the need for faith communities, ministries and non-profits to share their story and mission more effectively and fully through visual means.

She is Founding Creative Partner & Branding Director for A Sanctified Art LLC, a collaborative arts ministry providing multimedia resources for worshiping communities. She also helps faith communities and non-profits share their vibrant stories through branding & design services.
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Artist:Pittman, Lauren Wright
Country:United States

Scripture:John 3:1-17
Person as Subject:Nicodemus (Biblical figure)
Jesus Christ (Biblical figure)
Lectionary links:ALent02
General Subject:Culture: Black

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Copyright Source:Lauren Wright Pittman,
Copyright Permission:The artist has granted permission for the non-commercial use of this image with attribution. The artist must be contacted for other uses.
Attribution:Pittman, Lauren Wright. Born Again, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved June 13, 2024]. Original source: Lauren Wright Pittman,
Record Number:57087 Last Updated: 2022-06-27 12:35:04 Record Created: 2019-09-10 13:46:38
Institution:Vanderbilt University Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition