Let's make a pilgrimage to the Rothko Chapel. It's in Houston, Texas, but let's just travel by spirit.
While Rothko drew from Christian symbols, such as a triptych to represent the crucifixion and the octagonal shape to represent a basilica, I love how the space is open to any spiritual pilgrim.
I love the dark, rich colors of the canvases. Are the viewers being invited to confront their souls, the vast unknown, the mystery of the other?
|Number 8, Black Form Paintings, Mark Rothko|
I, for one, find these paintings surprisingly comforting and peaceful.
(A word of advice: if you visit the chapel in person, try to go on a day with lots of light—the paintings in the chapel depend on natural light, like the stained glass windows of older cathedrals.)