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The Distortion of Force Used by Some Who Proclaim Faith in the One Who Said “The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth”

Published onJan 22, 2021
The Distortion of Force Used by Some Who Proclaim Faith in the One Who Said “The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth”

Image © Rose Frantzen. Reproductions of this image are not permitted unless express consent is provided by the artist.

The Distortion of Force Used by Some Who Proclaim Faith in the One Who Said “The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth”, 2017

Rose Frantzen (American, b. 1965)

Oil on Linen

On loan from the artist.

The three armed figures are identical in size but appear to grow.

How does the central figure chosen by Frantzen to be presented in the image depict meekness or powerlessness? The choice to use the illusion of the distortion of a figure in the context of perspective brings up interesting questions of power within society, and who holds that power. The most powerless in society are often met with presentations of power and aggression. At what point does an individual no longer deserve the protection of a society that has been tasked with providing security to the community?

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