Michelle Tappin Davis is the President of the Women in Art Society of Trinidad and Tobago, a wife, a mother, a teacher at Hillview College, a parishioner of St Finbars, and a catholic woman committed to using her art to tell her faith story.
“I want to do more religious pieces that tell a story”. She believes that the faith story often feels skewed “ Because the storytellers are not artists the artists usually depict the story from their world view” She believes that the reason people point fingers about historic biblical depictions is often that the storytellers have not been artists.
When asked about the relationship between her faith and her art, she says,” I believe that Artists have a superpower and what they create can become a reality, it is a special gift most know it instinctively but some never consciously tap into the gift “ Michelle also shared that because of this fundamental belief, she is careful about what she creates. “What you create visually can become reality so I am very careful about never creating negative images in my work”.
Michelle also believes that her current body of work is also a reflection of her deepening relationship with God. “My current work reflects the beauty of nature and the human form. I am always in awe of the beauty of nature and the grandeur of God”. She also confesses that presently on a journey of a deeper spiritual awakening to which she believes her art is the pathway.
Visio Divina (Latin for “divine seeing”) is a method for praying with images. Through Visio Divina, we invite you to see beyond first and second impressions, and even beyond your initial ideas, judgments, or understandings. Our hope is to create a connection to the divine through local art.
So here is how we are going to do it.