My large oil and acrylic painting titled The Invisible Vertical is presently a part of the "A Matter of Death and Life" show exhibited at the Exhale Unlimited gallery in LA. The Invisible Vertical relates to the theme “A Matter of Death and Life” by showing the transition from darkness to light, which represents death and life in a person’s life. The connecting element of the two canvases is the red cross of Christ, but the cross is not all visible; only the horizontal line is visible. The vertical line is only shown by the negative space between the two canvases.
The rationale for the invisible vertical line of the cross is inspired by the idea of the cross being two symbolic lines: a horizontal line that represents our relationships with others and a vertical line that represents our relationship with God. Since relationships with others can often be seen and clearly witnessed, I painted that line a strong red, but our relationship with God is not always seen; it is a personal relationship, so therefore, I made it invisible (implied).
The canvases are non-representational. The left canvas, being mostly dark with some colors breaking through, represents the Holy Spirit breaking through the darkness before salvation. It follows the idea that even when people are in darkness, there’s still a part of them that was made in God’s image. The right canvas, not being pure white, shows that although people are forgiven and a new creation, they still struggle with sin—being forgiven but not perfect.