Sarah Dean
Sarah Dean Design

Confessions of Contrition

Confessions of Contrition is a publication that discusses the damaging effects the Catholic church can have on individuals through an anthology of interviews, confessions, testimonies, and revelations. I interviewed three people: two who grew up in the Catholic church, but radically different backgrounds, and my mother, who did not grow up Catholic, but had decided to send me to Catholic school. I included my own writing, poems, scriptures, and song lyrics as well. I hope it can teach something, give some sort of solace, bring new insights, and be a refreshing outlook on the church itself. This is simply to bring awareness to the damaging effects that it can have on those who have been forced into the religion and have never really identified with it. This publication gives a voice to those who do not or have not had one.

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  This is the system I came up with for the Old Testament, which is me, reflecting upon my time at Catholic school and realizing some of the things I didn’t like about the church, but didn’t know how to express. Thus, the scarier, darker style carried through to convey those emotions of uncertainty and resentment.

This is the system I came up with for the Old Testament, which is me, reflecting upon my time at Catholic school and realizing some of the things I didn’t like about the church, but didn’t know how to express. Thus, the scarier, darker style carried through to convey those emotions of uncertainty and resentment.

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  The system I came up with for the New Testament, which is happier, brighter, and a more updated version of what the Old Testament looked like. I also pulled colors and patterns from the Vatican City flag  to not totally throw away something that was a huge part of my upbringing, but to use it in a way that works for you. I also drew saintly portraits of the people I interviewed in an ironic twist—they were expected to be saintly while growing up, but now they’re living their version of being “saintly.” The colors and imagery reflect my coming to terms with the church and the new outlook I have on life because of it.

The system I came up with for the New Testament, which is happier, brighter, and a more updated version of what the Old Testament looked like. I also pulled colors and patterns from the Vatican City flag to not totally throw away something that was a huge part of my upbringing, but to use it in a way that works for you. I also drew saintly portraits of the people I interviewed in an ironic twist—they were expected to be saintly while growing up, but now they’re living their version of being “saintly.” The colors and imagery reflect my coming to terms with the church and the new outlook I have on life because of it.

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