Artist Statement: Seven Social Sins was my primary body of work created in 2010. The project consists of twenty-one 24 inch x 24 inch mixed media pieces on canvas. Media used included paper, found objects, ephemera, fabric, colored pencil, watercolor, ink and acrylic paint. Each canvas contains a unique conceptual image based on one of Mahatma Gandhi’s Seven Social Sins. Each sin has three individual pieces applicable to that particular theme.
My ultimate goal with this series was to create stunning, aesthetically pleasing imagery that remained intriguing, thought-provoking and subtly provocative. With a project of this nature it would be far easier to display the blatantly unpleasant and atrocious visuals likely to be associated with these principles. Despite this, I challenged myself to create a type of dichotomy within each piece, allowing the works to be both visual appealing yet slightly unnerving. The images contain their own beauty and interest on an aesthetic level. While at the same time, each work compels the viewer to consider various darker interpretations of the work. Eventually, I want people to gain a better understanding of how such sins play a constant role in our own cultures causing persistent social injustice.
Sin #1: Commerce without morality
Sin #2: Knowledge without character
Sin #3: Pleasure without conscience
Sin #4: Politics without principle
Sin #5: Science without humanity
Sin #6: Wealth without work
Sin #7: Worship without Sacrifice