The medium I chose for my submission is paper clay. It seemed appropriate to use paper to fashion a man praying, for men are frail at best. I endeavored to show the exertion in this man’s expression and perseverance as he raises his eye brows and chin toward God, an act of faith. Looking away from the chains that bind him. For all who call out to God know, our chains become light and momentary affliction as prayer brings us the strength to endure.
The armature is built from wood and plastic piping. I made the chain links from copper wire and scripture reference plaque from copper sheet.
Reading Ephesians 6:10-20 always reminds me that the Christian life is one of exertion. We are commanded to be strong, put on, take off, wrestle, stand, pray, keep alert and persevere. Though the Christian life is not without difficulty, it is also rich and fulfilling. The Apostle Paul begins these verses with the foundation which supports us in our warfare - the strength of God’s might. He closes this passage with a reference to himself as an ambassador in chains and reminds us how to draw from God’s strength in the fight - praying at all times in the Spirit. Prayer is the best and most important work we do.
Type of work: a unique original
Purchase price: $375
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