Blind M., oil on canvas, 66” x 60”
Representational portraits of blindfolded people appear illuminated within darkness. The tension between what the facial expression of the subject connotes versus what the assumed emotional state of a person would be when blindfolded is intriguing to me. It seems to evoke a peace. A relationship with Jesus Christ develops a lifestyle of trusting God despite the unknown.
2 Corinthians 5:7 New International Version (NIV)
“For we live by faith, not by sight.”
Jesus also describes sin as a blindness:
John 9:39-41 New Living Translation (NLT)
Then Jesus told him, “I entered this world to render judgment—to give sight to the blind and to show those who think they see that they are blind." Some Pharisees who were standing nearby heard him and asked, “Are you saying we’re blind?" "If you were blind, you wouldn’t be guilty,” Jesus replied. “But you remain guilty because you claim you can see."
Blind C., oil on canvas, 72 x 80 inches
Claiming to see and actually being able to see are not one and the same. We need Jesus in order to perceive what is real and true.
John 18:37 New International Version (NIV)
"You are a king, then!" said Pilate. Jesus answered, "You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me."
John 14:6 New International Version (NIV)
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
These Contact drawings represent the beautiful feet that bring good news and the hand of shepherds that feed us with knowledge and understanding. We are all many parts that make up the body of Christ. All of us have been created by him and find our purpose in him. Together we are the church and God's glory is our mission. Faithfully walking in the light as Christ is in the light is our active participation in that mission. The process by which these drawings were created required faith in translating touch to mark. I blindfolded myself and relied only on my sense of touch to guide my pencil across the paper, trusting the authenticity of a searching line to communicate the description of hands and feet. These drawings are the record of my journey to honor the body of Christ through sensitive line weight with layered attempts to describe form and communicate meaning. My pastor was the model for Contact No. 1 and a beloved friend ministering in northern Africa was the model for Contact no. 2.