As I was trying to decide which social issue I wanted, my friend Bo Allen made a post of facebook asking for prayers for friends of his in Virginia that were victims of a gay/lesbian hate crime.
I decided to dedicate this painting to them.
I began by printing out Plato's Symposium, The Seven Conversations of Love. I used 6 of them in smaller text to create the background of my piece, gluing them down like pages of literature.
On top of these, I glued down slightly larger quotes about love, kissing, and how they connect our souls.
Then I covered it in a base coat of paint.
|My primary idea is, "Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies", so this quote is center top.|
Then I drew in my shapes and began working on my background colors.
My concept is a tree of life sprouting out of the top my head (as this is my idea) covered in Persian carnations, symbolic of the incarnation of 'God made flesh' and a sign of life. On top of this are 2 stylized wedding bands entwined. Over this are three couples, 2 male, a male and female, and 2 female. The base for the couples is the seventh conversation-- Aristophane's interpretation of love, where the idea of split aparts come from.
Then I added the details.
|The tree, sprouting from my head.|
And the finished piece:
|"Split Aparts", 3' x 5', paper, wall paper and acrylic paint on masonite.|
Prints and other merchandise available at my society 6 page.
Couple on the left
Couple in the center
Couple on the right
Because it is time to realize that hate is far more of a choice that sexual orientation will ever be, and marriage should be a union between people who love, honor, respect and understand each other-- regardless of their gender.