“Decreation” is the word Jewish philosopher and mystic Simone Weil originated to describe the process of willingly returning energy to God through enduring fatigue and suffering. “We have to die,” she wrote, “in order to liberate tied up energy, in order to possess an energy which is free and capable of understanding the true relationship of things.” Only through decreation, she thought, could we discover joy.
My paintings address decreation symbolically in the juxtaposition of shadow and light, fragile landscapes or decomposing subject matter. My celebrative use of color points to not the absence of fragmentation or decay but their transformation into something new. This speaks to our own brokenness and its potential for unexpected joy and beauty when offered to God.