Having the ability to create art has taken me to many different places in my life.
It has taught me to venture inside of myself and explore the things that hurt me or make me happy. For over a year now I have been thinking quite often about faith, beliefs and religion. I grew up watching my grandma argue with the neighbors about religion. She hated to be preached to by someone who was not Catholic and was trying so hard to save her immortal soul. I chuckle when I remember those times, how passionate and downright nasty she was. But that was my Tata...she always had to beat you into submission. From that I learned never to discuss religion and applied the same to my art. I would file away images in my head related to religion, mostly because I didn't want to open the portal to a discussion.
I just want to create these images that mirror what I feel about a things and have people tell me what they see in the photo without judgement or criticism.
When I first heard the song Take Me to Church by Hozier, it moved something inside of me. It shook me to my core just listening to the haunting words and how those lines could be applied to the thoughts running through my mind for so long. It jump-started my brain and brought it to life. I was happy about that because I was having trouble creating meaningful photos. At the same time I thought about how these images would be received because although I have an AMAZING group of supporters I am not too keen on inviting in those who are negative and not open to different points of view. Before someone says it, I am aware that people are entitled to their opinions and that is accepted as long as it's not derogatory and disrespectful.
If I could pull these images off, I will be purging thoughts about the current state of the Catholic religion, which I grew up in, (Church on Sundays) how I grew up in a home filled with faith, my own personal feelings on how hipocritical religions can be towards people who don't fit their mold and cultural beliefs as they relate to a higher power.
The first photo I've created is interesting, it depicts a woman and a child sitting side by side.
The elements in the photo are simple but meaningful. It's a photo inspired by the line, "I'll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knife."
I have said many times that my work has true meaning to me and I have trouble sometimes letting those thoughts go out into the universe because they are so personal. This photo for me shows how we're are so overly judgemental of others. We are flawed humans who do things that are not right in the eyes of our "God", yet we do them anyway. In my mind I can't accept that we judge each other and then claim to be devoted to a perfect higher power.
It's so very simple...why can't we just accept others regardless of how they look, how they act or choose to live their lives. Why can't we just be more respectful and loving towards one another?
So for those who look at this post, please be more tolerant...don't judge...Live and Let Live :)
And feel free to really look at this photo and tear the pieces apart in a good way, I would love to hear what you all think.