I love creating art in response to pressing issues facing human society.
Spurred by the events of the past 6 months; in particular, the COVID 19 pandemic and the worldwide protest sparked by the death of George Floyd, I decided to express the emotions swirling about my head through art.
In this situation I drew inspiration from bible verses that came to mind, the natural world, reveries, and memories.
As common in my art practice, I started creating the artwork by drawing the images in my mind on paper using ink and pen.
This dialogue with ink, pen and paper took weeks as I battled to resolve the emotions and images in my mind. I then added other elements through digital illustration and painting using a graphic tablet.
The artwork continues my exploration of artistic narratives that give me the freedom to choose from a broader pool of aesthetic systems.
My latest works over the years depart from the realism-centric training from my previous education in classical European figurative painting, towards a more personalized narrative.
In creating this art, I drew inspiration from the bible verse “A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:10-12 (NLV)
If a country desires peace, it must have an army, armed and prepared, to protect its citizens from those who desire to overtake it. In order to keep their country secure and safe, soldiers rigorously train for battles they may never face. But what happens to a country when its army is ill-equipped, poorly trained, and undisciplined? It is left vulnerable to attack. In order for peace to be achieved a country has to be ready for war in every way.
As followers of Christ, we are in a war, but how seriously do we prepare and stay vigilant?
We have an enemy, Satan, who hungers for our souls and preys on our weaknesses. He seems to find all the places that we are vulnerable to or ill-equipped. One of his best tactics is to get Christians to think they are at peace, when the truth is, they are at war. That way he can catch them unprepared and untrained for battle.
We need to be prepared for battle. We cannot let down our guard; we must be strong and alert! But what does that look like in our life as a follower of Christ? We need to learn God’s Word and be ready to use it. Jesus used Scripture in defeating Satan when he was tempted. We must do more than just read it; we need to apply it to our lives. God’s Word must become an integral part of our everyday life!
In that light, it is our responsibility to defend the rights of the most vulnerable members of our society and to stand up to the actions of systemic evils.
In the wake of the events of the past 6 months; in particular, the murder of George Floyd at the hands of police officers, and the numerous deaths and abuse of people of color by systemic racism, It is time to apply the word of God without fear and stand against this great evil together.
Hence, my choice to represent the ills of systematic racisms and white supremacy as an embattled "ant" besieged by a multitude of diverse people with a common goal.
The multitude of diverse people overwhelming the "ant" represents the power of the word of God and the effectiveness of righteous action and unity.
It is an original work and available for purchase in framed prints in various sizes.
Pricing range from $222 - $1111
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+1 647 834 7844
I am available for direct commissions and workshops.
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