Here we go! I’m proud and excited to unveil my piece for the newest round of the Old & New Project. When I was asked to take part in this awesome project and join the ranks of some real kick-ass, top-notch artists; I jumped at the chance. Truly honored to be included.
You can read all the fine details of the Old & New Project over on their About Page, lots of great insight into the why’s and how’s of the project. Personally, this part stood out to me the most:
Old & New is not an attempt to convert folks or create religious propaganda. In order to take a new look at this old book, we want, in fact we need, artists from all types of faith perspectives. That may include different religious backgrounds, those who have had a really negative experience with the church, agnostics and atheists.
Even though I attended Catholic grade school, nobody would mistake me for a religious guy. The Church and religion just aren’t my thing, I’m more interested in science. However, I do have a deep respect for human history, and undoubtedly, religion plays a huge part in that.
The theme of this round of the project is “Sex, Love and Romance”. Heck yea, man. Having the opportunity to tackle such a potentially taboo topic made this challenge even more intriguing. The passages assigned to artists this time around were from Song of Solomon.
Here’s mine, SONG OF SOLOMON 5:2-6:
I slept but my heart was awake.
Listen! My beloved is knocking:
“Open to me, my sister, my darling,
my dove, my flawless one.
My head is drenched with dew,
my hair with the dampness of the night.”
I have taken off my robe—
must I put it on again?
I have washed my feet—
must I soil them again?
My beloved thrust his hand through the latch-opening;
my heart began to pound for him.
I arose to open for my beloved,
and my hands dripped with myrrh,
my fingers with flowing myrrh,
on the handles of the bolt.
I opened for my beloved,
but my beloved had left; he was gone.
My heart sank at his departure.
I looked for him but did not find him.
I called him but he did not answer.
Hmmm. After reading through the passage several times, I came to only one conclusion. Self-stimulation. I read it again, “. . . and my hands dripped with myrrh, my fingers with liquid myrrh, on the handles of the bolt.” Yup.
Now maybe this was a woman’s erotic dream, but either way, the self-stimulation part holds true. The myrrh leaf quickly became the focal point of my design. The rest I’ll leave to your imagination.
Prints are available for sale on the Old & New Project Storefront, and the best part of this whole thing is that the proceeds from sales will go entirely to charity. Donations from this round of the project will help fund a permaculture farming course for Haitian 4th graders. How awesome is that?
I love what I do, but being able to contribute something that can potentially help those in need really puts things into perspective. Pumped I could play a small part.