Sacrifice

 

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“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8, NIV)

“[Jesus] said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.” (Luke 9:23-24, NIV)

Holding Together

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Viewed under ultraviolet light, aqua circles resemble atoms and particles- the basic building blocks of life.  This is an analogy of God being everywhere, evident in all creation and holding everything together by His power.  The red/orange represents the sin-filled fallen world that ‘masks’ the evidence of God in creation. However, portions are still evident, as nothing can completely hide God’s glory. Viewed in the dark (glow in the dark) the faint, the partially obscured aqua (evidence of God) is now visible. This is like ‘seeing’ indirect evidence of God in circumstances and in creation.

“For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:16-17, NIV)

The Way

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Illustrated by an aqua line is the path of the straight and narrow or the way of life and obedience as instructed by Jesus. When viewed in daylight and under UV light, the red/orange colour symbolizes the various temptations shortcuts in life that ultimately lead to destruction.

”Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. (Matthew 7:13-14, NIV)

Meaning #2

The aqua line resembles a shepherd’s staff, like Jesus the good shepherd.

I am the good shepherd. I know My sheep and My sheep know Me, just as the Father knows Me and I know the Father. And I lay down My life for the sheep. (John 10:14-15

 

Meaning #3

Viewed in the dark (glow in the dark) the aqua line resembles a question mark as if to ask ‘what is the right way to live’.

“Your word is a light unto my feet and a light unto my path.” (Ps 119, NIV)

Discernment

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This picture is an illustration about discernment. Viewed in daylight and under ultraviolet light it is somewhat difficult to see a clear distinction between the orange/red (things that are evil) and the white/aqua colours (things that are good according to God). Viewed in the dark, this is the world seen with God’s ‘clarity’. To God, there are no areas of grey- only that humans can lack discernment. Something is either good or evil with no in-between.

“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12, NIV)

Still Waters

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Meaning #1

In this picture is water amidst the bareness of the desert. The stream and the well represent God’s living water of which it is written that “…whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.” (John 4:14, NIV)

 

Meaning #2

The picture captures the story of God leading Moses and the Israelites through the desert and the constant provision and guidance He provided throughout the whole journey. Depicted is Moses’ wooden staff of Moses and a piece of heavenly manna (circle)

Entering In

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Meaning #1

This picture shows the monarch butterfly at the end of its migration journey returning home to the warmth and comfort of the trees in a forest in Mexico

 

Meaning #2

When viewed in the dark (glow in the dark) this painting represents the experience of being God’s presence. Shown is a walkway with curtains on either side which is like entering into a different place that is unaffected by the darkness and troubles of the world.

 

Meaning #3

The painting shows the journey of a Christian at the end of their life, now entering into an eternal life and relationship with the Lord. The glow at the end of the path represents life after death to anyone who believes and is obedient to the will of God.

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in union with the Messiah Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23, NIV)

 

Flight of the Monarch- Artist Statement

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This exhibition encompasses the theme of development and growth achieved by means of a journey. Comprised of both early and current works, the lifespan narrative of the Monarch butterfly is shown as it progresses from caterpillar and chrysalis (2012), to emerging as butterfly and the migration journey it spans over four generations (2016). In addition to the literal narrative, a story of Christian spirituality is also embedded within the work.

 Metamorphosis- from caterpillar to chrysalis (2012)

The series begins with a black and white colour scheme, as that is all Monarch caterpillar is able to see. The selective colouring (pink) has been used to show how the chrysalis acts as the catalyst bringing transformation from caterpillar to butterfly in the life of the Monarch. Only after emerging from the chrysalis is the Monarch able to see in colour, and better yet- in the ultraviolet spectrum.

On a spiritual note, the black and white represents the natural/physical way of viewing the world, whereas the progression to full colour highlights the increase in depth and visual insight   by the butterfly. This can be likened to an increase in ‘vision’ and direction in life and direction someone can find through faith in Christ. The pink chrysalis is also symbolic of God’s perfect, flawless love, and how this can be a catalyst for bringing about inner change and transformation in an individual’s life.

The Great Migration (2016)

The second half of the work shows the journey of the monarch as well as the diversity of landscapes encountered along the journey. The compositions for the landscapes were created using google maps by ‘zooming in’ and taking screenshots of various locations where a monarch might travel on its journey. The created perspective is like that of the butterfly viewing the landscape from a bird’s eye perspective. In addition, the paintings are laid flat on the floor where they are viewed from above, thus increasing the viewer’s sensation of viewing the landscapes in a way that resembles aerial photography.

To further the notion of different viewpoints and spirituality, the butterfly/landscape works can be viewed under three different light settings- daylight, ultraviolet light, and in the dark (glow in the dark). Viewed in daylight, this is like seeing the world from a completely physical perspective, where ‘seeing is believing’. In contrast, viewing the work under ultraviolet light is like the inner thoughts and depth of the mind. Illuminated is the conflict and contrast between the aqua colour (representing spirit/God’s will) and the red/orange tones (sinful nature/destruction/deception). This is like the tug-of-war inside the human mind between what is right and what is wrong.  Then, the third and final means of viewing is in the pitch blackness where only the aqua colour remains. This represents the spiritual aspect of mankind and the ever-present spirit of God that works in and around those who have faith in Him. It also seeks to reveal the hidden nature of God and show that not everything is as it first seems- that there is more to life than meets the eye.

Searching for God

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This painting visually depicts the process of someone who is seeking God.For the non-believer this might be the quest to discover whether or not God really exists. The white magnifying glass would then be used to inspect the evidence and confront thoughts of faith and doubt before reaching a conclusion.
For the believer,seeking God comes out of a desire to come into closer relationship with Him and to seek wisdom and encouragement.
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord” (Jeremiah 29:13 NIV), The white hearts shown in the painting represent the path of the straight and narrow (God’s will for a person’s life) and the red dotted lines represent all the alternative paths that will ultimately lead to destructionthat are illuminated by the magnifying glass. Without the magnifying glass the path would seem ambiguous and confusing. God’s words in the bible guide the faithful in the way of light. “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path” (Psalm 119: 105 NIV)

Salvation Story

The “Grace Equation” is a series of 13 works that illustrate the story of personal salvation through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and how this occurs through the use of symbols. The colour black represents the darkness and sin in the world. The red heart represents the sinful state of heart whereby the deserved consequence of sin is eternal death and suffering. The white represents God and the Holy Spirit and the white Jesus.