the Spirit Touches Us Through Our Weaknesses
by artist James C Christensen
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This painting is an observation of life from personal experience. I think it's a fairly straightforward piece. The hunchback is Everyman, and the hump is his burden. We all have burdens. The point is that as he sits there on that box,he may be concerned, but at the place where the angel spirit's finger touches the hump, there's a little light. It's my way of showing that most growth comes through coping with adversity. We grow by dealing with the tough stuff. If you pray for strength, God sends you a set of weights.
The hunchback is sitting on a box that says literally, in Latin,'after clouds, sun'. That's supposed to remind people to find the silver lining. My whole philosophy of life is that part of why we're here is to learn to be nice to each other, to grow and become better people. And how do we grow? We grow through adversity. We grow by triumphing over our weaknesses or using the vehicles of our weaknesses to get in touch with more important things.
For me, the, doorway was a backdrop, but it could represent the future or the unknown. The floor is the classic checkerboard, symbolizing the opposing aspects of life- the light and dark, the day and night, the yin and yang.. .'or it could be just a floor. There's also a certain opulence; it's an inlaid floor of some kind. It's all the little parts of life.
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