Visio Divina

Sacred Seeing Through Great Works of Art

Arthur Aghajanian explores visual culture in ways that are informed by his own contemplative practice. 

Hovering Over the Waters

In this essay on the theme of grace, Arthur Aghajanian examines the drawings of contemporary artist Vija Celmins. He does so by framing Celmins’s “Ocean” drawings as representations of the idea of grace as the flow of God’s love. In addition, Arthur places these images in the context of the Classical tradition in art.

Arthur Aghajanian

Arthur Aghajanian

Writer and Educator | Contributor, Contemplative Light

Arthur Aghajanian is a Christian contemplative, essayist, and educator. His work explores visual culture through a spiritual lens. His essays have appeared in a variety of publications, including Ekstasis, Radix, Saint Austin Review, The Curator, and many others. He holds an M.F.A. from Otis College of Art and Design. Visit him at: