Perfect Love

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God’s perfect love is shown in this picture by a whirlpool- like ultimate anti-black-hole. “…how wide, how long, how high, and how deep” (Ephesians 3:18) is His love. It is so wonderful that words cannot express nor the mind comprehend it.

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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.

God’s Image

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The series begins with ‘God’s Image which illustrates how God originally created human beings- in the likeness of Himself (Genesis 1:27). The white background shows the flawlessness and purity of creation before sin. The pink represents perfect love and unity between Adam and Eve, and between the couple and God. Both pink and white represent God, as God is love (1 John 4:8).

Risen!

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The white heart represents Jesus after He rose from the dead with the pink outline representing His perfect love. The bible speaks of His resurrection “But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large and had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen!…” (Mark 16:4-6)

Layers of His Love

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This painting represents the depth and multiple facets of God’s love for the world. This imagery aims to capture the amazing character of God’s love and the limitations of the human mind to comprehend it. His love is so overwhelmingly wonderful- but wait- there’s more, and more, and more! In the words of Paul “…to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge…” (Ephesians 3:18-19)

Father’s Love

This picture illustrates a facet of God’s character as a loving father (white heart).  The father is cradling the red heart, which represents a person who is not currently in relationship with God. It shows a father who loves His child despite the infant not being earning it. “There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.”(Romans 3:10-12, NIV) As no one who seeks God (it is He who seeks us) and no one  who can earn the love of God, there is no one who is exempt from the  love of God.

Forgiveness to Freedom

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The heart on its side represents the human heart when it takes offence and is unforgiving toward another person. The effect is terrible- the bitterness almost destroys the individual from the inside out (hence by the heart was placed on it’s side) The middle part of the equation shows that when the individual asks God to help forgive that person, love then pours in, and replaces the bitterness. This love and results in the freedom (the butterfly)at the end of the equation.

Love- The Ultimate Fruit Tree

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Of all the ‘fruits of the spirit’ listed in the bible, the greatest is love in that it is deeply interwoven in all the other fruits namely “joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control”(Galatians 5:22-23, NIV). “Three things will last forever–faith, hope, and love–and the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13, NLT)

Evangelist

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The suitcase represents anyone who professes to be a follower of Christ. It is portable as the one follows Christ is a vessel for portraying His love (the pink hearts in the suitcase), which is to be evident in both word and actions. The bible clearly states “…those who obey God’s word truly show how completely they love him. That is how we know we are living in him…” (1 John 2:5, New Living Translation)

The suitcase in the painting is transparent (the black background showing through) which shows that all believers are called to be honest and upright in integrity and genuine (not hypocritical, judgmental or two-faced) in all that they do. (2 Corinthians 1:12) This is how a true follower can be identified.