My largest inspiration when it comes to art is my spirituality.
While I have many beliefs when it comes to this, all drawn from different sources, the one that stands out the most is Kabbalah.
I am not a Kabbalist proper, but I have adopted many of it's philosophies and opinions on God. I came across it while i was going through rough times, and applied everything i read about it to the way i view myself through my art. It has given me a reverence for art that some may even construe to be worship.
I pray through my art, and i guide my thoughts through it.
This image is not my newest, but is the best example i have ever created that reflects my thoughts on my spirituality. It is a representation of the Tree of Life, which is one of the most important symbols in Kabbalah. In very braod layman's terms, it is a universal "How to" for creation. It is made of three columns, the outer ones representing female (formative) and male (creative) energies, and the middle column represents balance.
I know the contest meant to show a world, but i can think of no better "world" for my spirituality than my church, which is my art. I patterned the style after Da Vinci's sketchbooks. I feel the world of spiritual art is best represented by a sketchbook, so i made this to the best of my ability like a page in a sketchbook, though with more depth and refinement. Spirituality should evolve, and in my opinion never be a definite thing. To label yourself as "I am this" is to set limitations on yourself. Sketches can be works of art on their own, but always portray greater potential, which is how i feel spirituality should be.
The symbolism is too lengthy to describe here, but this image represents above all else my faith and hope in my spirituality, that i might transcend my ego and rise to a higher level of being, whether that's heaven or just contentment with all i have around me.
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