Republika Slovenija is a Central European country, with two million inhabitants. It is bordered by Austria, Croatia, Hungary, and Italy. Ljubljana, the capital, is the largest city with 280 000 inhabitants. Slovene is the official language, but Hungarian and Italian are co-official languages for those minority communities
"Come – Everything is Ready!”
Writer country: Slovenia
“Kom - Alles is gereed!”
Luke 14: 15-24
Rezka Arnuš was born in 1953 in Božakovo near Metlika, Slovenia, in a farmer’s family with 7 children. She worked hard to finish her secondary school and the college for physiotherapists. Due to health problems with her sight, Rezka Arnuš retired at 46 and started to paint. She creates and resides with her family in Dolenjske Toplice. She is married, has 2 sons and 3 grandchildren. She likes gardening, cycling in tandem with her husband, cooking, listening to books, she sings in a choir and runs a women’s home-based gym. She got to know WDP in 2017 upon an invitation to participate in the art workshop for WDP 2019.
Her favourite motifs are landscapes, still life, the images of White Carniola, whereas lately she has been creating figurines, nudes, and abstract paintings. Her special stile combines national traditional figures and symbols with inner feelings and sensations. She is a regular participant in artists’ colonies and painting ex-tempores. Rezka’s works, which have earned her many awards and prizes, have been displayed within 17 solo and over 200 group exhibitions in Slovenia and abroad.
I wanted to present two topics: the country of Slovenia and the main biblical story of the worship service. On the top, women in the Slovenian national traditional costumes. The semicircular ornament with Slovenian folk embroidery represents a plate or a table with our best known national dish cake - potica. Grapes are from vineyards from different wine producing regions. As an expression of love, the table is decorated with a licitar heart made with honey, and a Slovenian flower carnation. Under the table, one can see the children from the margins of the society. They heard the invitation to the feast. A homeless woman carries a child in her arms, a blind woman with arms in front already preparing for a step, a deaf person responds by changing the position of his head, a spastic girl’s involuntary movements shows her joyous acceptance of the invitation to the banquet. Colors of Slovenian folk embroidery were used, red and white. The green background color emphasizes the green Slovenia, fields and forests. The warm colors of children express the joy of heartfelt invitation.