The New York Public Library is hosting an extraordinary interfaith exhibit currently; Three Faiths: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. This is a remarkable insight into the history of the Abrahamic faiths and their commonalities. This exhibit was described at a press preview by the NYPL president as the “single most important, beautiful, exquisitely designed exhibit in the modern history of the New York Public Library,” Being showcased are some exceedingly rare and truly divine works; 9th century, large typeface fragment from the famous Iraqi Qur’an from the city of Kufa, a first edition of Martin Luther’s Wittenberg translation of the Bible from 1522, a lavish Amsterdam Megillah from 1686, and a Latin Harkness Gospels from Landévennec, Britanny, circa 900 Common Era. The premise of “Three Faiths” is to show commonalities of the three spiritual traditions. There is an absence of hostility that so often plagues the common persons one-dimensional perspective. Only the common denomination of peace, love and beauty are represented here.
Aesthetically, I am enchanted with the rich look of Calligraphy and words of canonical texts. Spiritually, any time I am entrenched in such profound divine dogmatic doctrines, I become unworldly inspired and enlightened to write, design and seek more knowledge and compassion. Perhaps my true identity is that of a scholar, a sunday driver amateur of sorts, yearning to unlock the universe through the polar opposite domains of science and theology, and my calling is to unveil my findings into golden trinkets. Or perhaps, I am just a jewelry designer that can’t lavish myself in enough golden jewels. Only time will tell the tale-Katrina Kelly