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MY WORK IS AN ONGOING, EMBLEMATIC TRANSLATION OF THE IDEA OF PEOPLE BEING CREATED IN THE IMAGE OF A HIGHER BEING. 

SINCE WE ARE TAUGHT THAT WE WERE CREATED IN THE IMAGE OF GOD, I SOUGHT TO EXPLORE THE IDEA OF A MYSTICAL, PERSONAL GOD WITHIN US. 

I FOUND MYSELF DEEPLY AWED AND INFLUENCED BY THE SEVERE RELIGIOUS PIETY AND PRACTICES I EXPERIENCED GROWING UP IN THE RURAL SOUTHERN UNITED STATES. AND I QUESTIONED THE REQUIREMENT THAT OUR TRUE SELVES, OUR INNATE DESIRES, BE REPRESSED IN REVERENCE TO A HIGHER BEING.  

THE EXPLORATION OF THE CONFLICT BETWEEN DARKNESS AND LIGHT FIGURES HEAVILY INTO WHAT I CREATE, AS DOES CONSCIENCE VERSUS DESIRE WITHIN THE HUMAN PSYCHE, SPIRITUALISM, PSYCHOLOGY, AND THE METAPHYSICAL. 

THUS, INSPIRED BY MY OWN FUNDAMENTAL QUESTIONS, ALONG WITH MY PAST EXPERIENCES, I SEEK TO REDEFINE THE PERSONAL PORTRAIT ITSELF. 

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