Part of the group exhibit "Strokes"
What drives us with the expectations to be perfect? Authentic lifestyles have been traded for ones focused on creating an illusion of flawlessness. I feel this expectation of perfection in my own life, as if showing our brokenness and vulnerability is a weakness. There are countless times that I have felt unworthy and reminded of my flaws; however, while I am imperfect, I know that we are perfectly loved. Unlike our world, our God unconditionally loves us for who we genuinely are. Our God doesn’t ask for perfection, or a to do list to be completed before he can love us. Instead our God asks us to come as we are, as we are unconditionally loved.
My focus on these artworks was to abandon the perfect standards that I once upheld. I gave myself the allowance to make mistakes and take risks. These artworks came together with both my interest in color, and with the abstract form. I primarily used organic shapes, and my colors choices are greatly influenced by water and sunsets, two of my favorite outdoor elements. The creation of these works brought genuine joy and relief as I was committed to painting these works with freedom, and the removal perfect expectations. My challenge for you while you look at these pieces is to consider places in your life that you feel pressures to be perfect, and consider what it would be like to give yourself grace, just as God grants to us.