Soft pastel on paper.
For this piece, I was thinking about the transition from darkness to light, a metaphor woven throughout Johannine literature. You know how your eyes sometimes stay fixed on a changing color or cloud during a sunrise until they suddenly refocus to reveal the bigger picture, and you realize just how different the sky looks from, say, three minutes ago? It’s a subtle yet powerful disruption.
After completing her MLitt with ITIA in 2019, Mariah moved back to her hometown in Boise, Idaho to teach and continue her practice as a visual artist. She has since illustrated two children’s books with Hidden Shelf Publishing: Jiemba and Friends (2020, written by her dad) and The Loose Chronicles (coming 2021).