Artist Statement from Zac Nafziger
For the Centennial Anniversary year of EMU, I created 100, 10×10 Tiffany-style stained-glass panels housed in 25, 4-sided, 14″ x 18″, craftsman-style,
wooden “lanterns” to frame the pieces, which were handcrafted by local woodworker Rhett Miles. The panels themselves depict stylized imagery of history
& tradition, connectivity to the earth, blessings, beliefs, and peace & justice— created from thousands of hand-cut pieces of glass, wrapped in
“Blessings—Flowing Waters” Lanterns #18-19
“…from his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.”
This lantern is part of a six-part collection that deals with ideas of blessings & abundance. Imagery of water depicts cleansing, renewal & new life, in this case inspired by my previous commission for a prayer room at Community Mennonite Church.
Learn more about art at CMC (including two of Zac’s windows).