Tuesday, March 27, 2007

The Making of "Recall" ( Part 2 )

Recall, Oil on canvas, 91.5 cm x 91.5 cm, 2001, Private collection

The work depicts a scene at the seaside, dispersed with people engaging in their own relaxing activities - building sandcastles, picking seashells, sunbathing, swimming...The young man on the foreground is engrossed in reading, holding in hand a picture. A child with a float stood by him, as if impatiently waiting for him to play with her.
The small picture in the man's hand recalls an event 2000 years ago - of people gathering at the lakeside to hear Jesus preach on boat. There was such eagerness to come together in pursuit of God's Word as shown; In contrast, people at present are seen to be more concerned with play and relaxation, investing much time in individual pursuits than coming to know the Creator who has created man, and nature - the very places they live, work and play in. It is the similar scene by the waters, but altogether very different human's concerns in the passage of time.

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At the seaside
- building sandcastle, symbolic of the tower of Babel, where people were caught in glorifying own human achievements.
- digging for earthly treasure in the sand, with the help of the treasure map.

In the sea
- sharks were seen chasing after swimmers, but people on the shore seemed indifferent to the misfortunate.
- background shows dark patches of water - sea pollution by tankers and endangering sea-life ( God's creation ).

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