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This work from Lamentations by Brooklyn artist Daniel RosenHanst explores Lamentations 3:1-33 in a stunning diptych.

Lamentations 3:1-33

Dwelling in Darkness


Daniel RosenHanst


Curated by: 

Evelyn C. Lewis


Diptych. 2 panels, 8.5 x 11 inches each

Paper, Charcoal, Found drawings on Wood Panels

Image by Giorgio Trovato

Primary Scripture

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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.

Spark Notes

The Artist's Reflection

Daniel RosenHanst is an artist, writer and music producer from Brooklyn, NY. Daniel presents a visual narrative by joining dissimilar figures in fictitious space. Through situation, patterning, text, collage, and scale Daniel creates a surreal story with no beginning, middle or end. All of his works intend to display brutality coexisting with dark humor.

Daniel earned a bachelors degree at Pratt Institute in Painting. He can also be found rapping under his musical pseudonym, “Doctor Breakfast.”

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