This artwork was inspired by something my pastor said. In one of his messages, he said that God sees us as a “beautiful mess”. This struck me, hard. It mirrored how I feel sometimes. I am a mess but, God views me as a beautiful mess. I am dear and precious to Him no matter how much I have messed things up.
I had made the fairy wings as part of a costume for myself years ago and they were hanging on the wall of my studio collecting dust. I purchased a canvas that I distressed a bit, printed out the lettering and mounted the wings to the canvas. It hangs on a wall in my bedroom. When I see it each morning as I start my day, it serves as a reminder to me of just how imperfect we are and yet how perfect we are in God’s eyes, faults and all. Thank you, God.
And thank you, Rob for giving me this insight and as a result, this piece of artwork to enjoy and receive hope from everyday.
I found the basis for the piece at a big box store. It was a wooden box/frame that already had the butterfly and border painted on it. It was significantly reduced in price and thrown an the area for those pieces no one wants. As soon as I saw it, I knew it was exactly what I wanted. I could already picture the butterfly with a skull added to it and the word “broken” above it.
“Broken” has significant meaning to my friend and I. He knows what it means to us. The horror yet beauty of the pieceall speak to being in a place where you are literally broken and “done” and coming out of that place new, clean and with hope.