Entos: Examining the Heart in Light of the Beatitudes

"Entos"  | canvas detail of a work in progress

the entos series WILL BE a collection of portraits, visual examinations of the heart as seen in light of each of the Beatitudes

Artist’s Statement

The Entos series was originally imagined with the working title Soul X-Ray, sparked by my wondering what our spiritual hearts would look like if they could be photographed.

More than a year later, while reading Dallas Willard’s The Divine Conspiracy—a section of which is devoted to the Beatitudes—it became clear that this portion of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:3–11) was exactly what should inform this look into the soul.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.

Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

After further study of the Beatitudes, initial work on design of the canvases was begun and the series was renamed Entos, a Greek word meaning inside.

Whether these examinations might be from God’s point of view or our own, the portraits of Entos will be a glimpse into the Christian heart as it continues in the process of santification.

Diana Wolverton