This piece is entitled, "New Jerusalem," and is based on the last two books of Revelation, during which the new heaven and earth are formed, and the beauty, love, grace, mercy, and hope of God is restored to His faithful servants. This relates to my canon of work because, as I mentioned in other submissions, all my work relates to my faith. This one specifically because in Him, I am made new. Like the New Jerusalem, His glory should be allowed to shine through me, and that is something I strive for daily.
This work fits into the contest theme because the idea is being made new in Christ. When we put on the armor of God, He makes us new conquerors in His name. When we glorify Him, and persevere in His name, we will be rewarded beyond our richest dreams.
As mentioned above, the main inspiration for this piece is the last two books of Revelation and my personal understanding of the books in a devotional manner. I chose peacocks as the main figure of focus for several reasons. Peacocks are associated with eternal life because their feathers do not decay upon their death (much like the armor of God). Like salvation’s saving of our souls, their feathers last beyond their mortal lives. Furthermore, peacocks also portray Transformation and resurrection, as they shed the feathers of their youth to grow even more resplendent ones with age. Likewise, as Christians, we shed our sinful bodies and desires to allow God to impart His grace and mercy, making us more beautiful than before.
Once again, I give God the most credit; especially for this piece. It came together completely without me. I had struggled a lot with some pieces of my thesis work, but this one just put itself on the Masonite; the only way I can explain that is God; He was, and is, working through me the most when I am down and rely more on Him.
I must also credit my thesis advisors for their support, pushing (even though it wasn't always pleasant), and encouragement.
The same goes for my family and friends, who often gave the harshest criticisms, because they cared the most.
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