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Shawn Marie Hardy

Eugene, OR USA

SOLD - People Tell Stories

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Art: SOLD - People Tell Stories by Artist Shawn Marie Hardy
This piece was inspired after a conversation I had with someone regarding intelligent design vs. evolution and conflicting evidence for and against both theories. While not directly depicting anything obvious relative to that topic, in this painting the symbol of the cross represents the Holy Bible and the stories held within.

There are those who live by the Bible and view it as a source of factual information written through the eyes of God. There are those who believe the bible to be a no more than a collection of stories written and embellished by men. There are people who remain neutral, having no opinion at all either because they were raised without it or because of personal choice. Perhaps this information suggests that I don't believe in the Bible, but it's more that I view it as a mystery, unsolved.

As someone who was born into Catholicism, but taken out of the Catholic church because of my father's agnosticism, and violent treatment endured by my mother while attending Catholic schools, I was left to figure out the mysteries of spirituality on my own. (still in progress...)

I created this piece during a time when I began having serious health issues, and before I discovered that I have Myotonia. It is still speculative as to whether or not I have Myotonic Dystrophy and in the early days, I thought this was a death sentence.

While I understand that the color pink has been designated to breast cancer awareness, I don' t think it matters what one's affliction is in the long run. I look at the color pink as a symbol of sisterhood--all of us bonding together in support of each other, regardless of ailment. I think pink every day because I know people who have lived under the cloud of breast cancer. Some have lived and some have died. Because of the spiritual nature of this painting I wanted to share it with everyone.

This piece was created using a thick layer of gesso, which I textured using rubber stamps and other tools. Once this was dry I used layers and layers of thin transparent and opaque acrylic paint - I use Golden because of the wonderful luminosity. I used photo images, a vintage greeting card (in the cetner of the cross), silver leaf, tissue paper, and then rubber-stamped a border in gold.


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