With the new year already in full swing, it's time to hunker down and start putting my soul on a canvas once again. I was pleasantly surprised as I reflected on my projects for 2010 in the variety and amount of pieces finished. This year I wanted to take a new approach and expand my horizons just a bit with maybe more detail and size rather than quantity.
The holidays for me are always centered around food and 2010 wasn't any different. I did reflect a little more on the amount of food specially now that I'm trying to be slightly healthier, but the task of calculating the size of the pig to be roasted for 23 people didn't really calm this nagging reflection. The year ended and the food high wore off, so I started thinking about 2011 and setting some new goals for my work but not without that thought still pestering my consciousness.
Since I wasn't able to shake off those feelings of gluttony, I decide that it would be very appropriate to paint an entire serious based on the 7 deadly sins through the eyes of an outsider living in the south. First because of how I feel about obesity in our culture and second because I live in the bible belt as a non-Christian.
I've always admired representational art in religion, which I will incorporate into the serious by intertwining classic religious art into every piece. My intentions is to express the gap between the religious teachings' past and their current interpretations, as I see them, but it is not intended to offend even though it will inherently accomplish it.
I haven't picked a venue, but I would like to show the collection around August or September. That should give me plenty of time to paint it and to reflect on the constantly shifting line artists sometimes cross in regards to portraying social norms, which can easily be interpreted as blasphemous or offensive.