Imago Dei means “Image of God” or as Rumi said “that sacred earth that is your body …”
Amanda McElray Hunter is a visual artist, and social advocate. She designs and produces large scale, vividly colored installations for community spaces, religious congregations, protest marches, and non-profit organizations.
Hunter’s work advocates for justice and restoration to vulnerable and forgotten people, endangered animals and our fragile earth. Her view is that art by its nature is a whimsical and prophetic vehicle by which communities may engage in difficult conversations and channel the agency of creative problem solving. In addition, Hunter has particular interests surrounding the creative process, collaborative and community-based art-making and the use of creative non-violent resistance as a strategy to revitalize social justice movements.
Located in the urban North Woods of Duluth MN, and across the street from Lake Superior – stepping outside of her studio door has become a daily ritual seeking insight and inspiration from the natural world that influences her work. She has a fondness for wild things – luckily so, as deer and black bears are frequent visitors, and of course all sorts of birds visit too – birds being obsessively used symbols of wildness in her work, for the collective freedom, beauty, joy, and resilience the creatures represent.
Hunter works in a variety of mediums including paint, fiber, and sculpture, and has an extensive background in designing for theatre, in leading workshops and in curating art exhibitions. In May 2010, she received her Master of Theology and the Arts degree at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. Previously, she received a BFA in Design from The University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and studied at Pratt Institute and the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.
Imagoday is Hunter’s blog about the creative process, she uses this little thought-space to document and explore the peaks, valleys and winding trails of her creative journey for the purposes of: 1) seeing where the artwork is going and where it has been; 2) as a meditative moment to be present to the mystery dancing within and without; and 3) to fine-tune awareness of the sacredness in the mundane, in all creation – the Imago Dei – or in this instance the Imago Day!
You can see more of Amanda’s work at www.wildbirdarts.com.
Thanks for reading!