The Perfection Artwork 2015 is one of the most symbolic pieces we’ve done.
Because the theme, ‘Perfection’ itself is very symbolic, it is reflected in the artwork. I’m including the Artwork and the explanation of the main highlights.
Please do note the quality of the Artwork I’ve included has a very low resolution and is not for print.
There are four main highlights of the Artwork.
1. The Image of Christ and the woman.
The first thing most people will notice in the artwork is the image of Christ in the mirror. In front of the mirror is an ordinary looking woman. She is clothed ordinarily and is barefooted. She represents all of us in our ordinariness. We chose a woman intentionally because the Christ image in the mirror is a male. We wanted to include women in the story.
The main idea here is that the woman (or man) looking into the mirror does not see herself. She sees Christ. Christ is PERFECT.
The interpretation is that we must see ourselves in Christ and not in our own weaknesses. We are who we are because of who He is. You will note this in our declaration, ‘His righteousness is our righteousness; His wisdom is our wisdom…’
The idea is from:
2 Corinthians 3:18 (NKJV) — 18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
2. The Mirror
The Mirror represents the word of God. If you look at the top of the mirror you will see an open bible. As we look into the word of God, we are looking into God’s mirror. In God’s mirror we see Christ. In God’s mirror, we see ourselves as God’s image. In God’s mirror we see ourselves as God sees us. In God’s mirror, we see our true image.
As we look more and more into the mirror of God, we are transformed more and more to be like Christ. We put away our immature ways and embrace His way. We must be committed not to forget that we are who we are because of who Christ is.
The idea is from:
James 1:23–25 (NKJV) — 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.
1 Corinthians 13:11–12(NKJV) — 11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
Our commitment to Perfection must make us grow and mature in Christ. We will put away all childish behavior and grow into the fullness of the stature of Christ.
3. The Three Circles.
The Mirror is within Three Circles.Those three circles represent the Trinity – The fullness of the Godhead – Father, Son, Holy Spirit. Each circle represents a member of the Godhead. They are united in one but distinct in work.
The Bible clearly speaks of: God the Son, God the Father, and God the Holy Spirit. But emphasizes that there is only ONE God. In the three circles, The Father is represented by the Crown. The Son is represented by the Lamb. The Holy Spirit is represented by the dove.
The Trinity is the PERFECTION of God. It is in this perfection that we have our completeness.
The idea is from:
Colossians 2:9–10 (NKJV)— 9 For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; 10 and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.
4. The Seven Arches/Windows
Using the theme of Perfection, there are Seven Arches/windows. Seven is the number of perfection. Each arch/window tells a story.
There are three arches on the left, three arches on the right and a middle arch making it seven in all. Take a look at the three arches on the left.
The first arch on the left tells the story of creation.
The second on the left tells the story of the fall of man.
The third tells the story of the giving of the law. All these three happened before Christ
On the right, there are three arches.
Beginning from the extreme right is the story of the birth of Christ.
After that is the story of the crucifixion of Christ.
Then the sixth arch is about the resurrection of Christ.
The final arch (No 7) is the one in the middle with Christ in the mirror. It completes the story of God’s relationship with man.
Idea is from:
John 17:22–23 (NKJV) — 22 And the glory which You gave Me, I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: 23 I, in them, and You in Me; that they maybe made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me,and have loved them as You have loved Me.
These are the main ideas behind the Perfection Artwork
NB. You will notice that we have also created continuity between last year’s ORDER artwork and this year’sPERFECTION artwork. The image of Christ in the mirror is the same image we used for last year.
Also where we had a circular clock last year, we have used the idea of circles again this year in the three circles of the Trinity. The reason is because PERFECTION is a continuation of ORDER.
In addition to these main ideas, there are several imbedded symbols.
The number 7 – the number of perfection – is used throughout the Artwork. If you look closer you will find them. Also there are other symbols we have left for you to discover for yourself throughout the year.
So much has gone into the work and I hope you will enjoy it and learn something new about your walk with God each time you see it.
-Pastor Mensa Otabil-