7x7: I see him in me

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Charles Williams (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Sheryl Oring

Abstract: The foundation of this work explores how one can exercise forgiveness, and the come to acknowledge the innocence of the perpetrator of the harm done. Forty-nine portraits done in oil paint comprise a radical act of forgiving my father’s physical and verbal abuse lasting twelve years from childhood through early adolescence. When I was fifteen, my father answered the call from God, committing himself to accept Christ as his personal savior and to preach the Word of God. Matthew 18:22: “21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother who sins against me? Up to seven times?” 22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not just seven times, but seventy-seven times!” As an adult, taking the inward, conscious steps to forgive my father, I questioned the practical application and usage of the scripture. From therefore decided to create my own version of forgiveness. This act was not intended to result in a final reconciliation, but rather was an exercise to explore the fragile human emotions and the complex dynamics of family abuse as they engage with issues of culture, parental control, and lack of love. I See Him In Me was an outward act or expression of compassion that affirmed innocence, both his and mine.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 2017
Fine Arts, Painting, Studio Art, Visual Arts
Forgiveness of sin in art
Family violence in art

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