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Liturgical Arts: Conversations with Roberta Ahamanson, Maja Lisa Engelhardt, and Peter Brandes

Peter Brandes

A few weeks ago, I was invited by Biola University's Center for Christianity, Culture, and the Arts to moderate a conversation with artists Maja Lisa Engelhardt and Peter Brandes, alongside author, and philanthropist Roberta Ahmanson. Engelhardt and Brandes are exceptional Danish artists who are involved in creating work for churches. Though this husband and wife differ greatly in style, both make objects and spaces that are rich in spiritual content and meaning. According to the CCCA, Brandes and Engelhadt "have been in large part responsible for a “renaissance in Danish church interiors'" over the past twenty-five years.

Maja Lisa Engelhardt, The Fifth Day #35

The following two conversations are each an hour in length and include photos of the work being discussed. In each, Roberta and I speak with the artists individually and discuss the nature of making work for sacred spaces, and the deeply spiritual process of such a task.

I am grateful to have been apart of this, and I assure you, the time invested in viewing these will be rewarding. 

Click here to view my conversation with Peter, and Roberta. 
Click here to view my conversation with Maja, and Roberta. 

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