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The Storm Chasers

By Michael Jezewak

Honorable Mention, Visual (2D), Create | Encounter 2023



Artist Statement:

The Storm Chasers unites figures who are often touted within opposing political or ideological camps but who are, by the grace of Baptism, equal members in the Body of Christ. Each person featured in this work is an inspiration for how we might live out the Consistent Life Ethic in our unique vocations and stages of life.


Through the work’s composition and title, the artist places it in dialogue with the late John August Swanson’s 2021 painting The Storm, which depicts determined migrants rowing through treacherous waters. The collagist here compiles layers of Marian colors, symbols, and even poetry (Dana Gioia’s “Psalm to Our Lady Queen of the Angels” on the boat’s hull) to answer the question, “How has the Church gone out to aid those facing life’s storms?”


Pictured from left to right:


St. Joseph

Jesus

Unknown woman in St. Oscar Romero shirt

Blessed Virgin Mary street art, aka “Gas Mask Mary"

Servant of God Dorothy Day

Fr. John Dear

Peter Maurin

Sean Carney

Unknown volunteer and unknown participant at a San Diego retreat for people with special needs

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

Fr. Louis, O.C.S.O., aka Thomas Merton

St. Ignatius of Loyola

Fr. Douglas Al-Bazi

Matt Harper

St. Kateri Tekakawitha

Emahoy Haregewein

Two unknown Catholic women advocating for the DREAM Act

Servant of God Thea Bowman

Mary Lou Williams

Robert Ellsberg

Unknown Latino man advocating for family unity in the U.S. immigration process

Corita Kent

Daniel Rudd

Justice Amy Coney Barrett

Unknown baby with a rosary and a “Pray to End Abortion” sign

Venerable Augustus Tolton

Fr. Ronald Rolheiser, O.M.I.

St. Maximilian Kolbe

St. Francis of Assisi

Fr. Daniel Berrigan, S.J.

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