Princeton Chapel

Yoder banners at Princeton Chapel
Yoder banners at Princeton Chapel

Juanita Yoder

Princeton Chapel

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Princeton University Chapel, Princeton, New Jersey.  Banners and kites by Juanita Yoder.

Penna Rose, Director of Chapel Music

"Infusion", Six paintings, each 12' x 3', Dyes on Silk.  "Infusion" began as a dialogue with Penna Rose, director of the chapel music at Princeton University.  For the paintings, she suggested a suspended grouping that would lend a horizontal connection to the otherwise vertical, gothic space.  The vertical elements in the design connect the color of the (clerestory) stained glass with the people in the pews.  The horizontal progression of the paintings leads the eye to the front stained glass window and the image of Christ.

The paintings were created to enhance an academic space used for both religious services and convocations.  The design expresses spiritual and intellectual awakening through a progression of images.  The color and image inspiration comes from the brilliant red of Aristotle's robe in the existing chapel stained glass, the legendary Phoenix resurrecting from its own ashes, the liturgical season of Pentecost and the mingling of spirit, intellect and body in a unified awakening.  The light of Divine inspiration begins as a small spark and expands into the green of spring and new life in the heart.  In the final piece the colors find integration in an overall composition.

Each piece was designed for suspension from the ceiling from a single point to allow for kinetic interaction with the chapel space.  The works are hand painted with fiber-reactive dyes that wash out completely and leave no trace of residue.  This allows for the free flowing motion of the silk in the air currents of the chapel.