The Fifth Commandment

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In each painting, I juxtapose the traditional portraiture of the saints found on holy cards with contemporary people and imagery. This juxtaposition of imagery displays tradition, family, and a struggle to find my identity as a contemporary woman, creating a catalyst for self discovery. My work is primarily realistic and directly references the postures found in traditional religious paintings. The blending of traditional symbolism and ideals against contemporary figures represents my own reconciliation of identity. In each painting I explore different elements of Catholicism and how it is blended into my contemporary ideas of self. The body of work functions as a record of my own self discovery and reconciliation with the traditional values of my family. The Fifth Commandment is a self portrait with my parents that utilizes religious symbolism to explore my place in the traditions of my family.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1 inch
  • Medium: Oil on Panel
  • Width: `10 ft
  • Year created: 2012
  • Height: 4 ft