Merton and the Search for Truth - Lincoln Cathedral - 2015
© Robert Wright
"My whole life is a search for the truth."Thomas Merton [1915-1968]
I have chosen the title Merton and the Search for Truth for this exhibition hoping that these paintings will encourage a radical openness to God such as Thomas Merton tried to live himself. He wrote: "There is in all visible things an invisible fecundity, a dimmed light, a meek namelessness, a hidden wholeness. This mysterious Unity and Integrity is Wisdom...." Hagia Sophia ©
The painter Mark Rothko said that "a painting lives by conversation," and these paintings depend for their success on you. I am seeking to explore complex issues through a medium beyond words, and a painting, if it is good enough, will fill us with mysteries. "What does it mean?" the viewer asks. The painter does not want to reply. Rather, he hopes the viewer will begin to search their own experience as they look at these paintings ... and then a dialogue can begin and perhaps we shall whisper, "Oh, I see!"