No Angels No Demons
No Angels No Demons
No Angels No Demons, Pingyao, China, 2013
Printed on 11 x 14 matte archival fine art paper.
Edition of 10.
The area was filled with ancient temples. The sculpture inside was vibrant, complex, turbid, and almost overwhelming. I was struck by the sharp contrast to the quiet Protestant places of worship in which I had grown up. I wondered what I would have believed had I come of age looking at such vivid almost violent icons. I wondered if I would have believed in both angels and demons -- given that it seemed so difficult to distinguish the good from the evil in these temples. I wondered how I would have learned to "read" the world growing up this way.
That's what this image is all about for me -- how we learn to see the world through the imagery of our lives. Whether we believe in angels or demons, both or neither, is a function of what we were taught as children. To teach our children well is to write the story of our future.
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