Illustration Friday: "Pretend"

Illustration Friday: "Pretend"

religious-self.jpgI had this image in a dream many years ago. The stained glass represents the church and religion in all its forms. It is beautiful, glamorous and attractive. However, it is only a mask. All religions, in their public face, are empty forms. They are not the real, the substance, the true. The symbols, rituals, traditions and presentation are packaging, dim mirrors, metaphors, a shadow of things to come and not the substance. Same with the name "Christian", "church", and even the word "God"... they are not the thing. They are only fingers pointing, sometimes well, sometimes feebly, sometimes not at all, to the actual. I get so tired of the time and energy we would invest in the construction, protection and perpetuation of the mask. I've come to the point where I am tempted to finally reject it. In spite of its beauty, attractiveness and safety, it ultimately is a means of separation. If we could see that our religion is a man-made package and that it fundamentally separates us, perhaps it could be re-appreciated at a deeper level. The image you see here is an acrylic painting of the image I had in my dream, painted on canvas, 10"x14" (25cm x 36cm). It is sold, although you can buy a print of it in my etsy shop (below). I plan on actually constructing this mask out of stained glass as a sculpture one day. I'm posting this as this week's Illustration Friday submission, "Pretend". Check out my tees HERE and my art HERE.

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