Welcome to my online Journal where i hope to share my thoughts, feeling, inspirations, processes, problem solving, and completed works as well as works in progress.
"Faith" - A piece close to my heart. The theme of the project was high and low, Faith / teachings being high, Practice being low. So many good deeds are done for the name of religious / spiritual beliefs, and sadly historically a lot of damage also.
I have included all religions in this piece without exception, aggressor and victim, friend and foe (my own faiths included) . All known religious and spiritual teachings promote non-violence and it is only our chosen interpretations/misinterpretations that can at times cause great harm.
To protect or to attack, Faith is a powerful weapon, be careful where you point it!
I was unsure when making this piece how literal i should make it, how clear / cryptic i should make the work. The work is not anti-religious, but i wasn't concerned if the first glance opinion of the work came across as such. Religion is represented as a weapon, blood on its hands and it is up to the viewer to decide if the blood and weaponry is used to defend or harm. The scripture glued to the piece was another element i was not sure if i should include, being raised in a christian family and community i found using a piece from Hebrews added a personal touch. Being opening gay in an old fashioned rural christian village was a struggle to say the least....and ironically it was my own religions beliefs that helped me to forgive and move forward. Hebrews is a scripture in both Christian, Catholic, Jewish, and Muslim faiths so does include most western religions in its message and reach.