Helen P. Shipman


Going Home
Acrylic on shaped panel with stained glass, back-lit insert
72 by 48 inches

"0 death, where is thy sting? 0 grave, where is thy victory?" (1 Corinthians 15:55)

The painting is a depiction of the greatest transition we face, from life through death to another kind of life. It affirms a positive, celebratory experience to follow this life, a realization of heaven, after a long journey up many steps to get there. The painting is divided into two sections. The "here and now" versus the "there and then." Here and now are represented by an almost cave-like place, with its heavy sense of earth, stone and material solidity. The life after this life is represented by a loftier, airy space, ablaze with powerful and lovely golden wings surrounding a centerpiece in illuminated stained-glass. This image reflects the glory, beauty, and perfection of the spirit, light, and love of God. The painting represents the celebration of all resurrected human life and the overcoming of all human sorrow. It presents an understanding of God's reality and truth, inviting us to trust in the promise that we are in truth "Going Home."





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