Inner Immensity (Agape)

Franklin Delgado's avatar Franklin Delgado

It is mesmerizing how the act of rubbing ashes from animal or vegetable matter can be transformed and repurposed in an act of revival. Charcoal is a thermochemical decomposition of organic material at elevated temperatures in the absence of oxygen. It is the processes of transformation of an impure form of carbon, volatile and fragile, with a tremendous capability to ignite. This portrait has become that fire. It pays homage to the sublimity of love and the transcendence in human inner immensity. I have repurposed the fragility of mere dust to create something greater, firing its possibilities to generate an experience. I'm overwhelmed with the beauty of conception, its significance, and intricacy. It portrays an expectant mother. Each line of hair is specifically acknowledged and granted importance. A pearl is located in the center of the image. The one and only outsider element, a hamlet in the humanity embodied. The pearl is my daughter, isolated, vulnerable, and at the threshold of life. I thought of how I could portray a pregnant woman without the noticeable womb. I also thought of the embryo, a cell formed by fertilization. I found that a gamete is a cell that fuses with another cell during conception, shaped into a new cell. Gametes carry half of the genetic information of each individual. There, an understanding of the immensity of love came to be: a sublime love, an agape love, a love that transcends, a love that I found at the birth of the world.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 5 inches
  • Medium: Graphite powder on paper
  • Width: 42 inches
  • Year created: 2016
  • Height: 65 inches