Art Collection: “Truth Like Water and Earth”

Art Collection: “Truth Like Water and Earth”

“Truth Like Water and Earth” by Natiq Jalil (@artofnatiq)

I have enjoyed my time alone these past months – focusing and loving on me. I do have thoughts of being able to share my life, reciprocally, with another individual. I’ve had to grow and heal a lot to get to a place where I know I am sure of who I am and what I bring to the table. I have gained greater clarity in what I need, what should be reciprocated for me to feel safe with someone I give, so vulnerably, to.

A lot of the art in my home depicts women – powerful, captivating women. I wanted to be intentional about the energy that I bring into my home, and wanted to introduce an illustration that captured my idea and sense of an awakened man.

For about a year or so, I had browsed art that featured men or couples – and I’ve really liked some, but when I say this portrait at a community event, it spoke to me… And I’m still trying to figure out what it is saying, but I was moved by his gaze, his stance, the juxtaposition of strength and gentleness… his soft-spoken lips. I was touched deeply – nervous and intrigued, at the same time, by the intensity. I wanted to know more; to explore his story; to learn how to love him. I felt cautious, but willing. He said a lot in all his calmness – his eyes spoke a thousand lines…

Tell me the truth. Lie to me no more, or at least lie to me truthfully.

The painting reads, “Tell me the truth. Lie to me no more, or at least lie to me truthfully.” The artist told me, “It was about how after a disagreement, it is often hard to tell who is telling the truth and who is lying. In our passions, we confuse our feelings, and the lines between reality and fiction are blurred. When our emotions are high, it’s easy to deceive even ourselves.” I must marinate on that…

I don’t really have art in my bedroom; and, as my most sacred space in my home, I decided to welcome that energy into this particular space. Maybe I have placed my own personal intentions on it – and I know I still need to understand them, as I do this immaculate picture. Time will tell…

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