The Eye of God represents the heavenly force that is watching over us. In viewing this series I want the viewer to not think of the hell and brimstone idea of God, but one of celebration and merriment. The symbol for the Eye of God can be seen in Persian and Egyptian art. These eyes are forceful, majestic and royal. The black outline of the eye has a very prominent and firm presence.
Despite his omniscience and omnipotent power, I believe God has a sense of humor. Figures in these paintings are either working hard or being silly. The dichotomy of such an existence makes me think of good-hearted pranks between college fraternity or sorority students who are serious about their education.
As a person raised in the Mormon church I grew up learning that all people existed before we were born. My whole life I’ve wondered how we would have been if we were babies living in the presence of God. I imagine spirit babies as free and youthful beings running around their celestial world. I think of God as a kind of big spirit baby among the children. In the series God is a jolly, slightly pudgy figure with a warm, inviting grin on his face.
I want people to view spirituality as a positive and fun experience. I invite you to join me in this joyful exhibition about our Creator.