Visual Artist Stephanie Cardon will be speaking to us about her recent public artwork titled Unless, a dramatic floor-to-ceiling installation that hung in the entrance to the landmark Prudential Center. Cardon used orange construction debris netting, made by many hands from the Boston community and embroidered with text from Pope Francis’ 2015 Encyclical on Climate Change: Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home.
Though coming from a secular perspective herself, the Pope’s encyclical deeply spoke to Cardon as a vital cry for Christian action from a global faith leader who directly understands the effects of climate change on creation and on the poorest of the human family. As she puts it, “Climate change knows no borders and nationalities but its effect is putting further strain on the divisions we see across race and class. This is the time to come together across our differences to care for each other and our common home.”
Cardon’s vibrant contemporary tapestry disrupted the cool marble and glass entrance of a busy marketplace, posing questions of climate justice and sustainability, and the mounting spiritual and ethical urgency to act together for change.
An artist from France and the United States, Cardon’s work challenges traditional modes of construction and infrastructure. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Studio Foundations Department of Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
For more information on the exhibit, click here.
Access to Pope Francis’ Encyclical, Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home
For an online version of the text, click here.
For an audio version, click here.
Theology on Tap is preceded
by Evening Prayer at the Church of the Advent
at 30 Brimmer Street at 5:30 p.m.