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(50) Lynette Joy - On the eighth day
About this Artwork
When I looked at the original image, I saw the fear in the mother’s eyes and I felt sad that humans can cause such distress to our fellow inhabitants of the wonderful world we live in. And I wondered when humans decided they were superior to all other living beings and by what standards did we make this judgement. Then I thought we probably attributed our superiority to God, because humans always use God to justify the atrocities we commit. I decided to look at the Bible and there it was in Genesis 1:1; ‘In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness, and let them have dominion over … every …thing…. upon the earth.’ I decided that on the eighth day Man must have made some decisions of his own. I wrote my own ‘eighth day’ and then illustrated it in a Book of Kells style.
Lynette Joy has 30 years experience in commercial and private arts practice. She has exhibited in many group and solo exhibitions in Australia, Germany and France. She has work in public and private collections in Australia, England, Germany and France. Lynette Joy has been short-listed for several art awards, and has been awarded two artist-in-residence placements in France (2016 & 2018). Lynette is currently teaching art and studio practice at RMIT Melbourne.
“I see creativity and spirituality as very closely related. Both activities aspire to bring meaning to our lives. The artistic expression of our soul seeks to give meaning to our lives. In the sharing of such endeavours, we enrich others and ourselves alike. We find common ground in which our longings and fears are transformed into a wonderful beauty infused with innate knowing and meaning.”
Throughout history artists have documented the truth of their world no matter how uncomfortable.
Lynette was supplied with the following page from Newnes’ Pictorial Knowledge Encyclopedia:
The story of animal life- Creatures of the land ,the air and the sea
The Monkeys and their ways