This work from Lamentations by Brooklyn artist Daniel RosenHanst explores Lamentations 3:1-33 in a stunning diptych.
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19 remembering mine affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall.
20 My soul hath them still in remembrance, and is humbled in me.
21 This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.
26 It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.
27 It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth.
28 He sitteth alone and keepeth silence, because he hath borne it upon him.
29 He putteth his mouth in the dust; if so be there may be hope.
30 He giveth his cheek to him that smiteth him: he is filled full with reproach.
31 For the Lord will not cast off for ever:
32 but though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies.
33 For he doth not afflict willingly, nor grieve the children of men.
I chose this particular passage because I was drawn to it’s contrasts. On one hand, the passage explains God’s wrath in vivid horrifying detail: “He has broken my teeth with gravel; he has trampled me in the dust.” “He dragged me from the path and mangled me and left me without help. ” I felt this section certainly related to the feelings I try to convey as an artist. I wanted the viewer to feel the dirtiness on the paper the way a sinner might feel the result of his actions. I wanted a visceral reaction to the animated bones looking alive, but also dead. This is the anguish of disobeying GOD.
Later in the passage the narrator talks of hope and salvation. I thought this could be portrayed by the seasonal vegetables and the young boy. I wanted to give the viewer a small sense of hope throughout this dark narrative.” For no one is cast off by the Lord forever. Though He brings grief, He will show compassion, “so great is his unfailing love.”
There is a symmetry to this contrast of ideas and I wanted to relay this. I like the idea that one cannot have the pleasure of GOD without feeling pain first.
Daniel RosenHanst is an artist, writer and music producer from Brooklyn, NY. Daniel presents a visual narrative by joining dissimilar figures in fictitious space. Through situation, patterning, text, collage, and scale Daniel creates a surreal story with no beginning, middle or end. All of his works intend to display brutality coexisting with dark humor.
Daniel earned a bachelors degree at Pratt Institute in Painting. He can also be found rapping under his musical pseudonym, “Doctor Breakfast.”