2016. Acrylic On Cardboard.

This was a rather quick and simple piece I whipped up.  Not much planning (except for researching the symbols, yeah gotta keep it accurate), a pretty spontaneous moment.  I often work like that.

“There can be only one…” – Highlander

I know it’s pretty corny to use that line, it’s probably been overused to the point of exhaustion.  But there’s no better way to describe this image in one line or less.

You see, I can’t for the life of me understand why there is so many different line of religious groups in this world.  All with its own principles and beliefs.  Some are okay, some are not, and there are some that are just way out of line.(I won’t say specifically which one I’m referring to, though I’m sure you’ve figured it out already).  Ultimately they serve the one Heavenly Being that created this world and the living things that occupy it.  Okay, I know some religion believe there is more than one god, some believe the god is a female, and some gods are multiformed creatures.  Heck, even the Devil is depicted as the god.

Wouldn’t it be simple if everybody can agree on one idea or doctrine, and believe in one and true God as described in the Bible.  The God that gave us the gift of Life and Love because he chose to.  God who does not wish to see us suffer and fear, and does not ask too much of us, but will only step in when we ask.  God who hates when we commit wrong against another but is willing to forgive if we repent.  God who truly understands the heart of humanity because he sent his Son to live among us and experience everything that we do right up to death on the cross.

Yes, that’s the God I believe, and no other.  Any God opposite of those attributes I just described are just fabrications of greedy bloodthirsty men who loves to control and terrorize the weak. In my God I trust and hope, something we all can use in this dark age.  What other god can do that?

 

Happy New Year everyone!

Forgive me for neglecting this blog for a while, I am just trying to regroup after a harrowing last several weeks, and with Christmas looming in the corner.  I thought it might be appropriate to share this image in time for the holiday season and for many of us looking to celebrate the birth of our one and only Savior:

And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 18:3

Jesus Christ gave a perfect example of how one should practice their faith- a child. A child is innocent, carefree, and full of wonder, ready to accept whatever comes their way. Sadly as we get older we lose that childlike innocence, as we are confronted with the grim realities of life; we are forced to take our rose colored glasses off and become self-absorbed, biased, desensitized, as we strive to stay afloat in the volatile environment. Often times we wish for the days when we could be kids again without the worries and fears and insecurities.

Luckily having faith in Christ doesn’t have to be as difficult. As Jesus teaches, it just takes one simple act of childlike acceptance of his Word. And before you know it you can be like a kid again, joyful and full of hope.  Something we can really use for this dark age we live in.

If anyone causes one of these little ones–those who believe in me–to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.

Matthew 18:6

Do you remember as little kids how you depended on the grown ups closest to you for love and protection. Well sadly there are grown ups today that take advantage of the little ones innocence and fragility, and maliciously exploit them, some for profit (like terrorists and traffickers) and some for sport (e.g. Sex offenders). And as sad as it may sound the little ones who do not live to see another day as result are actually the lucky ones; those that survive are left with physical and emotional scars that will follow them through their years and in worst case scenario they may become vicious monsters themselves. That is why vicious crimes against children are taken very seriously and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Even God gets furious at the sight of innocent children being mistreated that he gives no rest to the offenders to the end of life and beyond. (I had heard that in prison even the most violent of convicts don’t take kindly to child molesters).  I would imagine the scene like the bad guy feeding the helpless little child to a hungry snake, which was what I got here.  I decided to keep it simple in a Haring-esque fashion because it’s no way a pretty image to work it in elaborate detail.  Hell I got even worse picture than this…

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17 For this reason he had to be made like them,[a] fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. 18 Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

Hebrews 2:17-18

The suffering and miseries of humans in this world is immeasurable.  People dying of hunger, pestilences, and oppressions; lives destroyed by human greed and wrath.  Many of us can’t help but question “where is God in all this?”  Enemies and non believers scoff at us for putting our trust in what they do not believe or refuse to believe, which further shakes our already fragile stance on the existence of God Almighty and our faith.  

But as the Bible verse states, Jesus knows our sufferings.  And he understands them perfectly, because he had been through the suffering himself.  And this way he can bring us closer to him and his Father and console us with his great Love.  And we the believers can rest assured in that fact, and stand fast under any circumstances.

Hi been a while.  I want to share some work I’ve done during the last month of 2015.

  

He was pierced for our transgressions, crushed for our inequities…
Isaiah 53:5

Throughout art history we have seen many depictions of Jesus Christ.  Most of them presents him in rich decor and radiant lights to highlight his glory.  Sometimes there were images of him at the lowest point of his earthly life-when he was stripped, beaten, and crucified on the cross, as the ultimate sacrifice for all of humanity.  The latter part appealed more to me, partly due to the movie “The Passion Of the Christ,” which was a gritty account of Christ’s last hours before the fated Crucifixion.  It was a powerful movie but with some scene that were too wrenching; I had to turn away when Jesus was being savagely whipped by the maniacal guards ( I think it last about five minutes, it never felt so long to me), and another time when he was being nailed down to the wooden cross.  Really not the best way to suffer to the death.  But it illustrated the Lord’s love for mankind that he would lower himself from his glorious position to become like us, and to suffer cruel mortality to free us from our bondage of death and bring us ever closer to him and his heavily kingdom.

For this piece I tried out few techniques I have not yet ever tried before- first, to sear the surface of the chipboard with a mighty kitchen torch ( which is normally reserved for caramalizing sugar of the creme brûlée, yum) and secondly, mix paint with a pouring medium to spatter tatter Pollock style all over the surface.  After some multiple brushing with varnish and paint and scraping and carving through the tough board, the end result is a battered image of the cross, to illustrate the immense suffering of Christ and highlight the eponymous verse above.

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Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil,for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. – Psalms 23:4

You probably seen this familiar phrase – NO FEAR.  A popular apparel franchise for the young and the fearless who live to go the extreme distance.  Founded in 1989, but the phrase was around much much longer than that.  In fact, it is in the Bible that often assures believers of God that no matter what troubles or dangers they face, they will always be safe in the wings of the Almighty in Heaven.

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Is 11:6…And a little child shall lead them…

I couldn’t think of a better person to refer this verse to than Ms. Malala Yousafzai.  At just eighteen years old she has already made a monumental  accomplishment that would make any high school Harvard hopefuls green with envy and any boomer-age tycoons stoop low in shame.  This brave little girl from the war torn Pakistan advocates for girls’ right to education in an oppressive regime that outlaws such freedom, and lived through a horrific assassination attempt in 2012 to tell her tale and show that no bullet can take her from what she believes in.  I was touched by her courage and intellect and how God is using the most unlikeliest of his people on this earth to stand up to the violence and cruelties of tyrants that  torment the innocents every day.  And how she stands as a lesson for even the most experienced adults.

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James 3:10New International Version (NIV)

Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.

There are many sayings about the power of the human tongue.  Not just for eating and rolling and whatever nasty tricks one can play with the long chunk of flesh inside the mouth.  Yes tongues are important for talking clearly.  Ever tried talking without moving the tongue?  I sure tried, it ain’t easy.

Some say the tongue is mightier than the sword.  More like a double-edged sword.  A sword is used to defend one’s self or another, at the same time it is used to kill.  That’s what words do.  What we say to another can be beneficial to their well-being, and at the same time the wrong things we say can destroy a relationship or a person, sometimes without meaning to.  That is why it is important to think before we utter a word, but of course that’s often easier said than done…

Actually I’m not at all happy with this piece; it didn’t quite come out the way I envisioned.  I will consider this a FAIL though I won’t toss it into the garbage.  I will definitely come back to this subject from time to time, it’s that important.

(This is me on any typical day when I feel down, sleepy, groggy, moody…you get the picture.)

Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned—

Romans 5:12

Metaphorically speaking, we are ‘dead’ like zombies.  Fleshy shells wandering aimlessly throughout the world chasing after things beyond our means and finding no satisfaction.  Lost in this volatile world overrun by computers and guns and pestilence so, victims of our own creations.  

I’ll be focusing more on this ‘zombie’ idea in the future projects so stay tuned.

Kicking off a new series of work using passages from the Bible.  We are often reminded of the power of our tongue-yes that little chubby pink piece of flesh that sits pretty in our mouths isn’t just for licking up food bits around our mouths or (I’ll leave the rest to your imaginations).  The tongue is important for it helps to solidify each word that comes out of our throats and the mouth.  And whatever words come out of our mouths can either make or break.  We are constantly warned of this by the words of the Bible; there is no shortage of number of passages in the book that stress the dangers of uttering the wrong words.  One example from Book of James 3:8-

but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison

Our tongues are like squirming snakes foaming deadly venom that could squirt out any second and hit an unsuspecting human that will then leave almost always irreparable damage to their minds and souls.  And there’s no use trying to cover up that mistake with “oh sorry that didn’t come out right” or “I didn’t mean it that way” (two of the numerous excuses I myself use all the time shame on me) once it’s out, you can’t take it back or butter it up to mitigate its meaning.  We aren’t always in control of our actions let alone words. Only thing we can really do is think long and hard before we open our mouths to talk, but also we need to be mindful of our emotions, which often acts as the tinder that sparks the flame of words that can be deadly.

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