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    artwork of blue brush strokes forming the shape of a knot

    Covering the Cover: The Vows That Bind

    By Rosalind Stevenson

    September 10, 2022

    A vow is a binding promise, made with the intention of holding fast. As an illustration of this we have a reef knot, an ancient and simple binding knot commonly used by sailors. The artwork is part of a series of knot paintings by British-Australian artist Brian MacShane. See the whole series. (My colleague Clare Stober has the story behind the new logo that appears for the first time on this cover.)

    Front cover of Plough Quarterly 33: The Vows that Bind, depicting a painted blue knot


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    Tony Abeyta is a contemporary Diné (Navajo) artist, the son of the painter Narcisso Abeyta. He earned an associate degree in fine arts at the Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Abeyta’s heritage is reflected in his artwork, which is especially focused on expressing the spiritual aspects of life. See more of his work here.

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    Tony Abeyta, Celebrating the Sky, oil on canvas Artwork by Tony Abeyta reprinted by permission from Acosta Strong Fine Art Gallery.


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    “There is one thrill that is known only to the soldier who fights for his own flag, to the ascetic who starves himself for his own illumination, to the lover who makes finally his own choice. And it is this transfiguring self-discipline that makes the vow a truly sane thing.”
    —G. K. Chesterton

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    Tony Abeyta, Church of This Earth, oil on linen Artwork by Tony Abeyta reprinted by permission from Acosta Strong Fine Art Gallery.

    Contributed By RosalindStevenson2 Rosalind Stevenson

    Rosalind Stevenson is the magazine designer for Plough. She lives at Fox Hill Bruderhof in Walden, New York.

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