“Flame” is based on Georges De La Tour’s “Magdala” painting.
I was inspired by Ephesians 5. The pairing of opposites and dichotomy interested me. The skull represents death, but the candle transposed in it represents the light and love of Christ. ”Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”
The rabbit is a symbol of lust. I overlapped it with a white rose which represents purity in reference to the verse: “But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.”
The black bird is a symbol of the darkness of sin and the temptation of the flesh. Silver is a symbol of eloquence. I have it ‘bleeding’ into the bird to counteract its’ meaning in reference to: “Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.”
The images of the lily (goodness), the strawberry (righteousness) and the white chrysanthemum (truth) are ‘flowing’ out of the lamp light. “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.”