This piece began with the goal of creating a stained glass window aesthetic. A piece of art resembling the portals to the outside world , which i enjoyed looking whilst trapped in the many church services. I was always mesmerized by these works of art. The stained glass was one of the few redeeming facets of my church experiences.
Now, to be clear. I do think Jesus was a real person. I dont identify as christian. (And even if I did, I would not admit it, given the ethics of most christians ). I DID think that Chrisitianity, and all religions, are for the greater good. But, after this past 6 years, my outlook of Christianity is much more bleek.
SO, the week prior, I had seen a friends wife making vague and un-substantiated claims on Facebook. My friend being someone whom I hold in extreme high regard. One of the few christians who I always found to be good and sincere. And to see his wife online, promoting vague and paranoid conspiracy theories... Well, this was very disappointing.
To take it a step further, the narcissism she expressed was beyond comprehension. She was essentially suggesting that her views were the absolute correct views. I ALSO see many Christians claiming they are under attack by outside forces, particularity social media sites. Despite the facts showing otherwise.
Christianity has been in a down slide in USA for many years. Attendance is down. People identifying as christian is down. Id say that christianity DOES have a problem....
And I think that problem is not outside, forces. Id suggest that the christian church is being destroyed from the inside. People like my friends wife, promoting discord, based on sheer conjecture. I think this delusion and manipulation has become pervasive in christianity. And that is why I would be scared to take my children to church.
44x44"watercolor, dyes, 1930's book, msa varnish, on cotton rag.