There are many battles each person comes up against out in the world, but I’ve always been more intrigued by the darkness we come up against within ourselves, so this concept is what I explore in my work. This piece depicts the internal struggle each individual faces against the spiritual forces of evil. It shows a war against the desires of the flesh, toxic habitual behaviors and destructive addictions. The armoured individual is in a position of action because in order for us to overcome the flesh we must be willing to put in the work to do so. Thankfully, God has also given us the power to defeat the work of the enemy in our lives—which the apostle Paul outlined in Ephesians 6 as the armor of God.
This piece interprets Ephesians 6, and the battle between good and evil, quite literally. It shows an individual leaping into a battle against the forces of darkness while clothed in heavy armour. The image can be seen in reference to the external confrontations we encounter in the world, but I intended it to portray the inward conflict we come up against within ourselves.
Quite often we will see the medieval European armour used to portray Ephesians 6, but I’ve sourced inspiration from the traditional attire of the Roman soldier, as this is most likely what Paul would’ve been referencing in his letter.
The internal battles we face, whatever they may be, can be gruelling and affect us spiritually, emotionally, mentally and sometimes even physically. However, when someone declares war on strongholds in their life, there is freedom that comes in all these areas when making that stand.
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