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Light 24″ x 24″ oil on panel, framed by the artist

The hands of creation can also be the hands of destruction. But whose hands are depicted in this painting? God’s or man’s? We think of God as the grand creator. But man, made in His image, has been given the power to create beauty or wreak havoc with his marvelous but deadly hands.

So who has the authority (wisdom, power) to destroy? Humankind has created an endless variety of methods and scenarios to bring about its own destruction. Will God one day destroy the earth by fire as has been foretold, or will man do it all on his own?

Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18 ESV

As the world seems to be careening toward oblivion, the question seems more relevant today than ever. There seems to be a sadistic, malevolent force at play, tempting fate, pushing the envelope of what our precarious planet and its inhabitants can endure. What is this planetary penchant for destruction? And is our desire for self preservation strong enough to save us from ourselves? Or is this desire to preserve and protect ourselves not the very source of the problem?

The Bubble Nebula forms a backdrop, with a fragile Earth or Earth-like planet interpolated into it, suggesting a nascent state of potentiality. Enter the human hand, oversized, yet small, holding his fiercest invention, the lowly match. Man’s intrusion into this magical, vast space/time continuum, pits the endless creative desire of nature against the malevolent smallness of man, and his desire for control.

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16"" x 16"" Giclee""]"

Type of Work

Artists Proof (AP) – archival inks and paper, Giclee – archival inks, stretch on canvas, Original Painting by Robert Maniscalco

1 review for Light

  1. marilynn thomas

    Light by Robert Maniscalco

    I find this painting particularly amazing as well as scary. The earth, our home, a delicate blue ball, adrift in a universe full of stars, surrounded by, unfortunately, people with bad intentions or selfish needs, who have no idea of its frailty and impermanence. One stupid lighted match, or many, just might end our sojourn here. I don’t feel this fragility all the time, but this painting brings it home, all too seriously. The depiction of the Earth and our galaxy is masterful.

    • Robert Maniscalco

      I’m glad you find it scary. If our goal as artists is to make people think and feel, then that is a high compliment. I love your work as well and very much enjoyed my private tour of your creations in your home. Cate and I will not soon forget your lively personalities and warm hospitality. Looking forward to reviewing one of your works.

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