Our third work from the book of Lamentations is from Brooklyn artist Daniel RosenHanst. Daniel’s piece explores Lamentations 3:1-33 in a stunning diptych.
Daniel RosenHanst, Dwelling in Darkness
Paper, charcoal, found drawings on Wood Panels, Diptych 2 panels 8.5x11in. each, 2015
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From the Artist:
I chose this particular passage because I was drawn to it’s contrasts. On one hand, the passage explains God’s wrath in vivid horrifying detail: “He has broken my teeth with gravel; he has trampled me in the dust.” “He dragged me from the path and mangled me and left me without help. ” I felt this section certainly related to the feelings I try to convey as an artist. I wanted the viewer to feel the dirtiness on the paper the way a sinner might feel the result of his actions. I wanted a visceral reaction to the animated bones looking alive, but also dead. This is the anguish of disobeying GOD.
Later in the passage the narrator talks of hope and salvation. I thought this could be portrayed by the seasonal vegetables and the young boy. I wanted to give the viewer a small sense of hope throughout this dark narrative.” For no one is cast off by the Lord forever. Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, “so great is his unfailing love.”
There is a symmetry to this contrast of ideas and I wanted to relay this. I like the idea that one cannot have the pleasure of GOD without feeling pain first.
This artist was selected by Evelyn C. Lewis.
This image is copyrighted by the artist and used here by permission.
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