Art

Those Who Wait

This is the story behind the pieces from the series "Intense Contradiction" from the art show "Sweet". 

This diptych is about having to wait for something big that you want or have been promised. While you may well have to wait on that thing, there are plenty of "small" things that you can enjoy if you will just become aware of them -and apprehend them.

Those Who Wait
Apprehended, Helena Rutan

Disquieted

This is the story behind the pieces from the series "Intense Contradiction" from the art show "Sweet". 

This group tells about the overcoming of a disquieting, fearful event.

The first piece is called "Disquieted". With evil circling overhead, as depicted by the black birds, the girl is fearful and threatened. Afraid of losing the good thing she holds. 

The second piece is called "So Fragile a Hope." This brave girl summons all her nerve to apprehend the good in the midst of threat and fear. She is hoping the sweet things might still be hers.

The third piece is called "Fierce Determination." With a gulp and a breath the girl decides she's all in. She is going for it!  Devils beware. 

The fourth piece is called "Sustained". She is proven right. She wins. 

 

Disquieted, Helena Rutan
Fierce Determination, Helena Rutan
So Fragile a Hope, Helena Rutan
Sustained, Helena Rutan

Destiny

This is the story behind the pieces from the series "Intense Contradiction" from the art show "Sweet". 

This diptych is about the fight that is required if one is ever to see their true destiny. There is the obvious fight when there is a giant to slay or, on the flip side, there is the fight to just hang on and believe when everything is going wrong or it just feels like nothing is going on at all.

Fighting to Believe, Helena Rutan
Destiny, Helena Rutan

The first piece is called "Fighting to Believe (Holding on to Crayon Rainbows)."  and the second is called "Destiny."

Nothing is Wasted

This is the story behind the pieces from the series "Intense Contradiction" from the art show "Sweet". 

For every other piece in this series, a confection that is actually sweet represents the sweet thing being depicted. This is the odd group out. Here the lemon is used to portray the shift that happens when a truly bitter experience fades and changes over time revealing the good, sweet thing God intended when He allowed the bitterness in the beginning. God does not waste pain on His children.

The first piece is called "The Despairing." This is the inevitable reaction to a bitter experience. 

The Despairing, Helena Rutan
Perspective Shift, Helena Rutan
The Offer, Helena Rutan
Nothing is Wasted, Helena Rutan

The second piece is called "The Offer." It portrays the fact everyone has the same offer. That is, hard things happen to us all, and it remains our own choice alone whether we allow a thing drag us down permanently or summon our courage, face it, and use it to propel us ever upward.

The third piece is called "Perspective Shift." This depicts the place where the tide turns as the seemingly evil thing is examined and truth becomes clear. The good is gleaned, the bad mourned and released.

The fourth piece is called "Nothing is Wasted." Now. We move on. Taking the experience with us. Having overcome.


 

Taste and See

Taste and See 1, Helena Rutan

This is the story behind the pieces from the series "Intense Contradiction" from the art show "Sweet". 

This Diptych is entitled "Taste and See". It is a depiction of the verse "Oh taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who trusts in Him. Psalm 34:8" 

Taste and See 2, Helena Rutan

Life is experienced in real time. Things often don't make sense in the moment they are happening; understanding and meaning come later as we are able to take some time and process.  So, in the first piece, the little girl is taking her first tentative taste of what's been handed her. She cannot see at all yet. She tastes and trusts. Trust comes first.
 
In the second piece the child is no longer eating tentatively, as she has realized the Lord is indeed meaning this thing for good. And she is beginning to see.

Taste and See.