Divided We Fall

"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other." 

-St. Teresa of Calcutta

mixed media on canvas (oil, staples, nails, & artificial leaf)
24 x 24 in

All of humanity is one- with every human person created by our one God in His image and likeness. However, whenever feelings not of love or kindness begin to stir within us, this reality becomes clouded and we begin to experience everything other than peace- from individual relationships to our world at large.

This painting attempts to showcase what takes place when people turn against one another and when we forget our origin and connection to each other. The globe is illustrated with a dove carrying an olive leaf, Who represents the Holy Spirit. The outline of the dove is formed with staples and nails- each single chain is constructed using individual staples that are hand-connected together, which symbolizes how each of us is "linked" together. This connection of seemingly insignificant, flimsy staples- once joined together- exhibit such strength and structure that allows Peace to take shape. However, once division emerges between individuals, families, and nations, the chains break and fall apart. Yet the white form of the dove remains, which showcases that God has never- and will never- leave us, and that we still have the chance to reconstruct this peace. 

Aveen Toma

Fine Art

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