New Testament Images

by Kirsten Malcolm Berry

Exhibited at the Marian Library: September 25 - November 17, 1995

Kirsten Malcolm Berry has exhibited nationally; her work is part of over fifty private and church collections. In July and August, 1995, she exhibited in the juried show, "Expressions of Devotion," at the Premier Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota. She resides in Minneapolis. [Image for Lk 13:29]
Image for Lk 13:29

Artist's Statement

My focus as a liturgical artist is the New Testament. A Greek verse is integrated into each of my watercolors, linking viewers to its earliest form. The use of Greek reminds us that the Scriptures come to us through the vehicles of cultures and languages other than our own; the presence of the text in an unfamiliar script hints at the global nature of God's grace to humankind.

The configurations of repeated shapes in my work reflect the influence of several indigenous art forms. The daughter of Presbyterian missionaries, I grew up in the Philippines and was exposed to the decorative use of patterns on Filipino and other Southeast Asian fabrics, basketry and brass. Geometric woolen tapestries of my Scandinavian heritage have also affected my sense of design, as have Native American weaving, traditional quilts and Byzantine mosaics.

The exercise of faith is sometimes difficult for those of us who long for perceptible signs of the presence of God. Painting the images of the Bible helps me translate the abstract into the tangible; I begin to grasp that the Word indeed became flesh.


1) The kingdom of God is in your midst. Luke 17:21

2) He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son. Colossians 1:13

3) For the kingdom of God does not consist in words, but in power. I Corinthians 4:20

4) From now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes. Luke 22:18

5) Then the kingdom of heaven shall be compared to ten maidens...five of them were foolish and five were wise. Matthew 25:1-2

6) The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed...but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree. Matthew 13:31-32

7) Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Matthew 13:43

8) What woman having ten silver coins, if she loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? Luke 15:8

9) It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God. Matthew 19:24

10) ** God will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Revelation 7:17

11) ** ... Walking and leaping and praising God. Acts 3:8

12) Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet. John 13:5

13) They saw a charcoal fire there, with fish on it, and bread...Jesus said to them, "Come and have breakfast." John 21:9,12

14) But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us. II Corinthians 4:7

15) By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness. Luke 1:78-79

16) * And they will come from east and west, and from north and south, and will recline at table in the kingdom of God. Luke 13:29 [shown above]

17) * Then the kingdom of God has come upon you. Matthew 12:28

18) * He will reign over the house of Jacob forever; and his kingdom will have no end. Luke 1:33

19) * And there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. Mathhew 2:9

20) * / ** Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16

21) * / ** Now to him who is able to keep you from falling...Jude 1:24

* Available as unframed print
** Available as notecard


In addition to the above works, Ms. Berry sent us four Marian drawings done by her daughter, Elisa, at various ages:

[Nativity by Elisa Berry at Age 7]
Nativity Scene by Elisa, Age 7
[Nativity Scene by Elisa Berry at Age 9]
Nativity Scene by Elisa, Age 9
[Madonna and Child by Elisa Berry at Age 12]
Madonna and Child by Elisa, Age 12
[Mary and Jesus by Elisa Berry at Age 14]
Mary and Jesus by Elisa, Age 14

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