Emerson really understood life, right? Seeking external beauty can be fleeting and frustrating - leading to a lack of fulfillment. But carrying beauty inside - seeing and loving our true self - also enables us to see beauty wherever we are.
Our society is driven by the externals, which adds un-needed stress to our lives. Social messaging is often very disconnected from reality.
As the mother of a teenage daughter, I realize there is much contradiction in what we teach our daughters. We emphasize self-acceptance, but allow ourselves to be influenced by the billion dollar anti-aging industry. In order to tell our daughters to be proud of who they are, we also need to accept and celebrate ourselves. The contradiction is very "do as I say, not as I do." And it's not just women - the message is equally as confusing for fathers and sons.
The irony is not lost on me as I write this, a blurb for my website/social media post that I need to write 'in order to stay relevant'.
The reason I feel Emerson's words are fitting to this particular piece of art? I've created several 'white' mixed media pieces - which by first glance are textured and light-colored. But get up close... you'll see the riot of color underneath. The foundational layers of this piece are a variety of yellows, and contrasting Paynes Grey (a transparent purplish-grey).
So while we all may look a certain way on the surface, underneath, every person has many layers of colorful contradiction. And that's where the true beauty is - Underneath.
I think I'm going to print Emerson's words out and hang them in our home. ✨