I created this series of three pieces inspired by the most epic flood story. As a fellow in the 2020-2021 Religion, Spirituality, and the Arts seminar, I studied the story of Noah's Ark with a dozen other artists, poets, and musicians.
We explored deep and diverse facets of the story - from questions about the environmental impact to who gets saved when the flood waters begin rushing.
I was surprised to find the story of Noah to have such tremendous resonance with contemporary life in 2020. But, the parallels are undeniable. We found ourselves trapped in our homes, separated from loved ones, and facing the injustice of who gets to live and who is condemned to die on more than one front.
The conversations with my fellow artists and our instructors allowed an exploration of these ideas not only as broad themes but also in the specific ways they manifest in our lives. Through this process, I felt a new understanding of this well-worn story. Instead of seeing rainbows and doves, for the first time I really considered instead the quiet and terrifying emotions of the humans caught up in the tale.
I sat with the feeling of being swept away by the flood waters and channeled the complicated emotions of those who were saved. I tried to see the whole thing from the perspective of divinity. Like the eye of a storm, quiet but powerful - simultaneously the bringer of chaos and the bearer of mercy.
The work that resulted from this inward and outward journey is urgent and emotional. It beckons the viewer through color and composition to submit and be washed away with the feelings of loss, confusion, hope, patience, and wisdom.