Sovereign - Exhibition

This is a somewhat late post but an important one nonetheless. 

Thank God for the completion of this project. A long time of hardship, failures, stagnant growth yet success. 'Sovereign' is a project I'm glad I took on due to its nature and addition to my salient goal, Glorify God.

It deals with the relationship/tension between the complete sovereignty of God and man's moral responsibility/free will. 

This body of work is a culmination of research of different aspects and perspectives on this matter. Since the area of study is seemingly cryptic in addition paradoxical, the imagery is abstract and based upon form and colour.


Ecclesiastes 9:11 - “I again saw under the sun that the race is not to the swift and the battle is not to the warriors, and neither is bread to the wise nor wealth to the discerning nor favour to men of ability; for time and chance overtake them all.” (Holy Bible - Ecclesiastes (n.d.)

The opening statement here is from the book of Ecclesiastes and is a proverb that in its own merit explains and exhorts this entire body of work in the best light possible. The proverb in its lay sense discourses on the uncertainty of life and uses an analogy between wealth and success to illustrate this.  

This body of work derives from an orthodox Christian stance and aims to portray known truths via the abstract elements of colour and form. The project has undergone many changes and has presented many difficulties within and outside the production process. 

These uncanny images have been created to represent the tensions and different schools of thought on this very subject (free will vs predestination), in addition to addressing the difficulty of grasping the twin truth of God’s supreme sovereignty over events and decisions, as well as man’s moral responsibility.     

The primary sources of research have spanned from Christian Literature to tarot, Buddhist and gnostic studies; the main influences being the Holy Bible and A.W Pink’s book The Sovereignty of God as well as other notable Christian theologians such as John Macarthur, John Calvin and R.C Sproul to name a few. It has also been inspired by kinetic art and abstract installation light art.