About 3ft by 2ft - this artwork was a bit of an exploration with my own experience with religion and spirituality and my perceived experiences of those around me. I didn't grow up religious but there were clear influences in my life that were. I spent a lot of time being at odds with religion feeling detached and unwelcome for being queer as well as feeling unsettled by the idea of having no control over my life. As I've grown I've found comfort in a sense of spirituality, connection with oneself and the world around them powered by themselves - despite this religion, specifically Christianity, is prominent in western culture and continues to affect me. Ideals of what it is to be sinful, what it is to be pure and virtuous.. the pressure to be perceived as good and right mesh with religious undertones and the struggle to against personal demons touched as well. I don't know if I'll ever find peace with religion, but I don't think I'll ever stop trying either.
Tyler Anderson , 17 yrs
Etobicoke School of the Arts