Versea Bourdaghs
The Art of Hope
Later Collages and Installations
Through the late 1990s, Versea created a large number of collages and installation pieces.  
Exhibited in many different galleries, churches, and other public spaces, these were her first
works to win wide recognition.  She also received her first commissions during this period.  
Versea wrote the following for a 1996 show of her collages:

    I examine hope from a religious ethical perspective.  From this perspective, hope has
    both universal and personal aspects.  It is a gift to the human spirit from somewhere
    beyond humanness.  The power for self-transformation lies within the deepest
    dimensions of hope.  Universal and religious symbols are used in the collages; the
    circle represents God and wholeness; the triangle represents I-God-Thou relatedness,
    which I see as the essence of humanness;  the square represents the earth; and the
    horizon line is a symbol for an expanding awareness of the self as part of a greater
    wholeness, of a reality and purpose that moves through the self and connects with all
    that is.  This dimension of hope transforms the self as it changes the world.  

Vision of Hope (1996)
Mixed media, 32" by 32"
Exhibited at 1996 Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Show
Private collection
Title unknown (1995)
Mixed media installation
Private collection
Title unknown (1996)
Mixed media installation
Private collection
Breaking Bread (1998)
Mixed media, 22" by 22"
Family collection
Dialectic (1997)
Mixed media, 30" by 24"
Family collection
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