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Hands of Prayer

Repurposing art to share a message.
Nathan Scott
One of multiple prayer hands located in front of Rose Prayer Chapel

We all take on different postures when we enter into prayer with God. However, how does the way we position ourselves affect how we focus on God?

Rebekah Stockinger is a junior sculpture and animation major. This past fall, Stockinger was taking Animation 1 with Aaron Holmes, professor of art, and for the final project, she chose to make a short stop-motion video showing the different ways people might hold their hands out during prayer. 

“The purpose of the original project for my class was to just study the way we relate to God in prayer with our hands,” Stockinger said.

For the video, Stockinger made thirty-six plaster casts of her own hands. Each sculpture took about forty-five minutes. She held her hands in a slimy substance for ten minutes before pouring plaster in then peeled back the hardened slime mold to reveal her hands.

Instead of throwing the sculpted prayer hands away once the project was finished, Stockinger decided to place them around campus in places she likes to pray.

“I especially hope people notice the ones that are not in the prayer chapels, because those are also in places that are special to me and where I have prayed before,” Stockinger said.

Stockinger placed about thirty hands around campus before winter break. Since then, several have either been broken or stolen.

“In the end, since this installation was merely an alternative to throwing the hands away, I think it is fun to see how people have been interacting with them,” Stockinger said.

Stockinger envisions this project slowing down or evolving into something else. She hopes to continue exploring hand gestures and expressions in her daily art practice.

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Shelby LaPorte
Shelby LaPorte, Staff Writer
Shelby LaPorte is a freshman journalism major with a concentration in writing and publishing. She loves to read, paint, draw, watch movies and shows and go on adventures with her friends. I was born and raised in Fremont, California, about an hour's drive from San Francisco. I’ve moved a total of five times throughout my life and two of these happened in the last three years. I never moved far and remained in the same school district my whole life. Growing up, I spent my time dancing and swimming. These were my great passions for a long time. The summer after I had graduated from high school, I was given a letter that I had written to myself in 6th grade. In this letter, I wrote that I was going to go to Biola. This goes to show that I had known for a long time that Biola was the school for me. I remember visiting the school when I was around ten years old and it didn’t take long for me to fall in love with it. Biola felt like home and from that moment on I knew exactly where my life was going in terms of college.  Though I’ve always loved reading and writing, I never imagined that I would become a journalist. Like a lot of young girls, I dreamed of being a professional ballerina and when that fizzled out, I wanted to be an Olympic swimmer. At some point, I moved beyond these unlikely dreams and landed on nursing. I had no reasoning or understanding of why I wanted to become a nurse, but my mind had been made up. When I came to Biola last fall, I began my nursing journey. However, about halfway through the semester, I took a moment to think about what I was doing and realized this wasn’t where I was meant to be. I stumbled upon the idea that journalism may be the career path for me and this semester is my first as a journalism major. I’m so excited to see what God has in store for me for the rest of my time at Biola.
Nathan Scott
Nathan Scott, Photo Editor
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