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“To Have Blind Faith”
by Artist, Jess Tinsley
36x36 oil on gallery canvas. 1 5/8" profile. (Original available at Avenue Art Gallery Brush Off Competion.)
---Each limited edition print comes carefully packaged with a copy of the story behind the painting and is hand signed and numbered.---
“To Have Blind Faith” is about having faith in systems or beliefs or ways of thinking without realizing how they can bring harm to others. Specifically, this is about the white person’s inability or unwillingness to see how they can take responsibility for the history and current condition of the inequality between white and Black people. This piece attempts to recognize the resilience of the Black people throughout history, as well as their forgiveness and patience. It depicts grace, talent, and beauty that has been unrecognized for too long. Yet it also offers hope for reconciliation and the flowers signify the ability for white people to grow and change as they listen and understand the struggle others face.
My work is about the tensions in life – about the difficulties and struggles we face – and how we respond to them. My hope is that when you are faced with your own struggle, my work will encourage you to have hope and joy. The figures in the pieces may feel sad, but they also dance. They may have limitations in their surroundings, still they push through. The plants and flowers are symbolic of growth and persistence. The change that plants experience – from seed to bud to beautiful bloom – is an example of how change can make us beautiful – if we allow it. To me, the most important things in life are the people around us and the decisions we make in response to what life throws at us.
You may see in my paintings the hardness of life – the grief, sadness, anger, and hurt – while also offering the idea that there is hope for healing and growth through the struggle. It is intended to inspire you to live at peace with the complexity of a world full of storms and sunshine - while we mourn the deep loss we each experience, we still seek reasons for hope and joy.
To Have Blind Faith
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