"The more we are afflicted in this world, the greater is our assurance in the next; the more we sorrow in the present, the greater will be our joy in the future."
-St. Isidore of Seville
We should never lose hope in what the future holds for us. Despite the sufferings we encounter and endure in this world- and all the sorrow and pain we experience in being human- we should never forget that all our sufferings will turn into joy in the world to come. Many times, we are so enveloped and drained in darkness that we firmly believe nothing good will come out of our afflictions. However, we are called to bear it all with patience and hope- and to wait in faith.
This painting attempts to conspicuously illustrate what this transition may look like. Feeling so long encased in a hole of darkness, this boy now emerges and witnesses the beauty, life, and serenity waiting for him on the other side. Sorrow and affliction are portrayed in the desaturated and monotonous colors of the figure, while the border of the hole is bursting and dripping with shades of green and elements of nature, which showcase life and movement. Just as gold symbolizes richness, so too the gold leaves and accents further the idea of perfection and richness in Heaven. Gold and marble duct tape are utilized for the leaves and butterflies, respectively, as this type of adhesive is associated with durability and permanence, yet here it is used to portray delicacy and freedom of movement- this contrast is another indication of the transformation of affliction and sorrow into assurance and joy.
mixed media on canvas (oil, handmade paper butterflies, & duct tape)
36 x 36 in