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BELIEVING DOESN'T MAKE IT TRUE

oil, pigment, charcoal, canvas
121cm w x 152cm h
2017
by Christopher R. Inwood

 

BELIEVING DOESN'T MAKE IT TRUE

A woman sits cross-legged. Her face tilts to the sky. Her face is in ecstasy reminiscent of Saint Teresa or St Francis. Her swimsuit a vibrant ultramarine blue . She floats atop her thrown, the pop iconography of an inflatable unicorn, a mythical creature. Gold delicately flakes off  her golden halo and drifts towards the sky. Her sight is directed towards the words above, ‘believing doesn’t make it true’.

The main focus of this text is to encourage people to research their own ‘beliefs’, looking for tangible evidence and verifiable reality to support these ideas or observations. One example of such ‘beliefs’ may be a recent trend of people currently believing the world is flat (known as Flat Earthers). In this case, the artwork encourages people to look into their ideas and seek verifiable evidence for a flat earth. Another example, and one of the biggest systems of beliefs are religious beliefs, and in this case, the painting aims to encourage individuals to thoroughly examine their religion and its beliefs.

She sits atop an inflated myth.

 

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