Not everything is as it seems. This piece is one of my favorites because there is so much complexity to it. Not only technical complexity, but meaning as well.
From a distance, it looks like an abstract, tranquil beach with a thatched texture. If a viewer moves in close enough to read my new RED DOT “penny”, they’ll notice the detail of 1000’s upon 1000’s of nails that comprise this simple beach scene
The two extremes are only a matter of proximity and perception. For me, this piece is a meditation in and of itself. It provided so much fodder for reflection.
From my perspective as a Christian, I see the chaos and danger up close when viewing the nails. Understanding Divine order is not easy when focusing on the “nails” and viewing this piece close up. If I move back to view, the chaos suddenly turns into order. Divine order is achieved when I discover that up close the thing that looks harmful and dangerous isn’t. Perspective is gained.
Conventionally, nails are used by carpenters for building things and keeping things together. They remind me of Jesus and His suffering and they remind me of what Jesus uses to build and bring cohesiveness in a life like mine. I am reminded that He suffered for me and that He does not let me suffer alone. Even in the perceived chaos and misunderstanding … there is Divine Order and a MUCH larger meaning. These nails are primarily arranged in triangles. I remember the 3 sides and the Trinity as well and a Triune God.
What do YOU see?