Monday, October 02, 2006

art and identity

Fun-da-men-tal.ism n. A usually religious movement or point of view characterized by a return to fundamental principles, by rigid adherence to those principles, and often intolerance of other views and opposition to secularism. Fundamentalism is based on but extends a traditional religion to include rigid precepts for thought and behavior.

You can't see it but there is a mirror behind the mesh. The hand with a stone is a reference to the proverb “people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones”,


arlee said...

Is that yours? I like the idea of "boxing" an identity----kind of a contradiction in terms, but interesting. How *does* one categorize oneself that way?

jafabrit said...

Yes, it is currently at Alley Fine Art. I don't think some people would recognize or categorize themselves that way. Sometimes people fall into or become so rigid in their beliefs religious or otherwise that they become either a prisoner to that ideaology or a dogmatic proponent of it.

Then there are those that don't take the time to look in the mirror and see that they are in no position to judge others, or dictate to others how to live their lives.

so it is a kind of a complex piece really.

thanks for stopping by and asking.

Anonymous said...

This is a great!
I am really liking the political message .
Another great conceptual work!
love the PhOeNiX xx

W. J. St. Christopher said...

Amazing work, JB! This speaks volumes!

Unfortunately, people who are trapped in this state of mind would never recognize or acknowledge the message. Sad.

Cynthia said...

Very timely and relevant piece Jafabrit! I agree with WJ, we're all getting it, but the people who should see it probably aren't.

jafabrit said...

hiay sis, glad you like it and popped in, miss you :(

thanks w.j and cynthia.

I really loved making this box and incorporating the oil on wood painting of the hand and the various elements.

Janvangogh said...

You always do b&w oil quite well.

LynClay said...

A wonderfully powerful work which is very thought provoking too! I feel sorry for rigid people stuck in their rigid narrow minded beliefs, how do they even grow as a person?

jafabrit said...

thanks jan, I love working with b&w as it allowes me to concentrate on the form, directions of muscles etc. I also like that b&w can emphasize the things I need to or de-emphasize too.

I can't really remember lyn what inspired this piece. I think it was a number of events. Glad you are all enjoying exploring it.