Monday, August 6, 2007

Art Words Theme-"Internalize"

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This piece was in response to the "Artwords" theme this week. The call was for an interpretation of the word "internalize". The image of this word peeked my heart's interest. I was immediately drawn to thoughts of how negative messages to conform in our culture can be internalized, invading our hearts and robbing them of their God-given uniqueness. Our eyes can take in an onslaught of images and subtle messages from the world around us that translate into a relentless trap deep within. I think especially for women we are faced with a continual stream of lies in our media in regards to our worth and what we have to look like to claim it. The pricetag of internalizing these lies is a high one. The words on the piece are a little hard to read from the photo but along the left edge ,"success, money, too fat, too thin, good girl, more is better, super woman, perfection, not enough, measure up, anxious heart, hiding, pretending, depression, having it all, shame, emptiness". In the lower right hand corner, "relentless comparison, soul death" and inside the key, "Guard your heart and mind". It is a constant vigil to guard our hearts by monitering who or what takes residence in our minds. Lies about our worth can enter so quietly yet create such unrest and brokenness in our souls. Thankfully they can be stopped at the door and challenged with the truth....that we are created, loved and valued just as we are...today and always!

8 comments:

shirleymcc said...

Lani,
This is beautiful and touching.
Thank you for posting the words and the inspiration, too.
shirley

Cre8Tiva said...

this is a wonderful piece of art...to know what the artist is thinking is priceless...blessings, rebecca

Cheryl said...

I love this piece and your thought about it...thank you!
hugs, cheryl

red tin heart said...

Guard you heart and mind. Those words are so powerful, and I love what you say about not conforming to what the world expects us to be. I have always been a non-conformist and try hard to stay true to who I really am. Love the picture. Nita

Susan Tuttle said...

Hi Lani,
Wow--this piece is stunning and your post speaks volumes. Being conscious of this 'assault' gives us power--the power to choose something different.

Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback on my blog--I greatly appreciate it.

Susan
xo

Zinnia said...

Beautiful piece, and beautiful inspiration. I have a teenage daughter, and no gift could be greater to pass on than the message in your artwork...
Zinnie

zorana said...

Thank you for nominating me for the Rocking girl blogger. I really enjoy reading your blog. Your writing is as your art - positive, uplifting and warm. This latest piece just proves it.
xo

kathywas said...

Lani...You never cease to amaze me with your art. This piece is no exception. I am absolutely touched by this...the colors, the imagery, the composition, and the wording. I love the way that the wording blends into the background as a "subtle reminder". The whole piece definitely fits the meaning that you were striving to create.