This piece continues to remain one of my favorites. It holds deep meaning for me and symbolism. For many years, I have had a deep passion for social justice, particularly fighting against the darkness of human trafficking.
According to experts, this horrific industry continues to bring in an annual profit of $32 billion! And, it is on the rise, is in all 50 states (U.S. Government) and 4.5 Million of trafficked persons are sexually exploited. Up to 300,000 Americans under 18 are lured into the commercial sex trade every year.
In light of these devastating facts, my heart was moved ever since I was in my early teens to act in whatever ways I could, and hopefully be a part of ending this industry.
This chapter in Isaiah, I believe, speaks profoundly and directly to this. The portion of this chapter that my art piece is based upon says this, “If loose the chains of injustice, if you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday...”
Therefore, each component of this mixed media acrylic piece is meant to symbolize a line from this passage, and through it I hope to use the talents I’ve been given to do good in this world.