Steve Taylor Arts
In this work, four types of realism converge:
The sunflowers were all drawn imaginatively, that is, not from the source photo, suggesting a kind of storied realism, as of flowers that speak (allegorical realism). Art dancing with truth, truth dancing with poetics, the creature’s small part in the Beatific drama of life’s unfolding adventure.
The graced approach to the ineffable, the Holy, the Pure, the forever undying, into heaven, God. A butterfly touches the beyond, the ‘out of the picture’, but still on this side, with proboscis and antenna. For a moment, the image suggests just a painting with a butterfly passing across it, expressing the distinction between simulation and the irreproducible: living, life (magical realism).
The picture depicts a flow of time, from left to right, a journey of seven states (spiritual realism):
Call of Grace is the un-oiled, patient, silent movement of life, directed by Almighty God, which carries humans forward out of darkness and into ever greater Light.
All darkness, all woundedness, all disorder is called forth by grace out of itself and into the True, the Good, and the Beautiful. Grace is the author of transformation, flesh becoming soul.
The Catholic Church knows the name of Grace, the divine assistance. Grace is a person – Jesus Christ.