Letter From God
Paper and Oil, 2013. This butterfly (and the negative space behind the butterfly) was constructed mainly from paper fragments, found in everything from National Geographic Magazine to old school books.
I started out just wanting to do a collage of a butterfly, since butterflies are one of my favorite things and I love to do mosaics/collages. But when I finished it had become something else.
Our journeys through life are individual, and we are all working to piece the fragments we collect as we go along to find meaning, truth, and purpose. Synthesizing everything is extremely difficult-- it's like trying to finish a puzzle that has thousands of pieces...and the more you think you have put together, the more pieces come showering down. We gather and sort through abstract fragments like texts from religion, poetry, philosophy to find meaning. But we also encounter great natural beauty, tragedy, and joy in our lives. We experience the visceral, the intuitive, the spiritual. I cannot help but reckon with all of creation when I take the time to really behold the wings of a butterfly, a cloud, or a tree. They are small and silent things, but wonder rushes over me and I'm overwhelmed by all that there is.
We will never gather all the fragments in our limited time to be here. There is so much we do not know, but at the end of my day, I have faith deeply and soulfully that there is a God, and that he loves this creation with a kind of love that is so beyond what we can understand, and that from where he sits, all the fragments we must deal with-- in experience, in scripture, in religion, in spirit-- are part of a larger whole that he knows, loves, and minds.
This wing is comprised of images of fish skin, magnified insect wings, and the surface of a planet.
Wing Detail 2
This wing is made from images of the surface of Mars, the interior of a warehouse, and an Antarctic ocean.
Letter from God Detail
"Children, do not grieve. Ye know my love changed the world. I love thee. That is all ye need to know. "