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O Come, O Come Emmanuel

Artist Robyn Sand Anderson, believes non-objective painting can express those things that are hard to understand or explain. Her exhibit, entitled “Magnificat & Seiben Antiphonen with Nunc Dimittis, An Interpretation Of Composer Arvo Pårt’s Work in Color, Movement and Texture,” includes a series of paintings created in response to settings of the seven “O Antiphons,” traditional music of the Western Christian church composed in celebration of the last seven days of Advent.

Robyn Sand Anderson, II. O Adonai, 2016


I listen to the music over and over until it becomes part of me, in a sense. I listen and visualize color and movement.—Robyn Sand Anderson, speaking of her process in creating this series.


Robyn Sand Anderson, V. O Morning Star, 2016

Pårt’s “Sieben Antiphonen” is composed in German, which, if you are not a German speaker, creates some distance between the listener and the text—like a form of abstraction. How does hearing and comprehending the text of a given piece of music affect the process of image making?

Robyn Sand Anderson, VI. O King of All People, 2016

Robyn Sand Anderson, VII. O Emmanuel, 2016

Artist Bio
Robyn Sand Anderson has exhibited widely. Most recently, Anderson has been interpreting choral, orchestral and even eclectic folk music with color, movement and texture; she is drawn to the power of combining visual art and music. Her use of bright, vibrant color always moves toward hope and intends to be a visual voice for hope and healing.

The artist includes excerpts from the music which inspired these pieces on her website: