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(all photographs by Michael Myers)
In the Fall of 2000, Pastor Iva Bowers, a native of Panama who came to the US in 1979, had just appeared on the Queen Latifah show as a Tina Turner impersonator when she found out she had breast cancer. As she recovered from her illness, she received a vision from God that she needed to tell the story of the Bible in fish tanks. And so began the Healing Gallery Ministry, an array of fish tanks on the back porch of Pastor Bowers’ home on the Southeast side of Colorado Springs that depict scenes from both Old and New Testaments.
Bowers uses figurines, action figures, dried plants, plastic plants, rocks, paint, fabric and anything else she can find to created the scenes. The result is at once diorama, folk art, outsider art and inspired vision.
In this slide show, Bowers quickly narrates the story of the Bible as her fish tanks tell it.