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Collage: Acrylic, Metal, Digital, Polaroid, Wood on Paper, Soft (Yarn, Cotton, Fabric), Wood.
This mixed media artwork is from a series of fourteen stretched canvases entitled, THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS. All of the originals are from The Permanent Collection at THE PHILADELPHIA EPISCOPAL CATHEDRAL, which is located next to the campuses of Drexel University and The University of Pennsylvania (38th and Ludlow Streets, just north of Chestnut Street). These originals are not for sale, however prints of them are available through Saatchi On Line. The Dean of the Cathedral, The Rt. Rev. Judith Sullivan, and her clergy and staff sponsor a number of programs to help the local community; moreover, all of the artist’s proceeds from the sales of these prints will support the Episcopal Cathedral Weekly Food Bank, which helps to feed fifty local families.
WHAT ARE THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS?
These fourteen artworks act as Lenten meditation tools and depict scenes from Christ’s arrest through to his burial. They are executed as wall reliefs in plaster or wood, paintings, or sculptures. My STATIONS are assemblages executed on stretched, primed canvases. They incorporate many items including bones, seeds, rose stems, mammal skulls, and glazed sugar. No animals were harmed to obtain the bones, which were all found in nature. My works also include castings of objects that I created and photographic images I chanced upon on the streets or in trash dumpsters. I also used original photos taken by myself. I altered some of these images by hand or digital means.
Station number TEN is entitled, ROMAN SOLDIERS STRIP CHRIST OF HIS CLOTHING. This wall assemblage was executed in mixed media on stretched canvas. During the time of Christ time, and especially in Jerusalem, it was both humiliating and sinful for one to appear naked. Romans crucified their prisoners in the nude to heighten the condemned person's shame. Jesus was no exception to this and was forced to expose his body to the world. I began to meditate upon the very idea of being naked in public, especially when the public nudity is combined with torture and sadism. I researched images expressing this type of degradation and decided to search dumpsters for this type of imagery. I found the infamous image from the Vietnam war of a young napalmed girl running down a road . . . I found three naked men in a concentration camp surrounded by their captors . . . I found a lynched woman from the American south hanging from a tree. I saw all of these tortured people as simply another face of Christ and composed the following line, which was then typed and adhered to the work. HENCEFORTH MY NAKEDNESS EXPOSES ALL INJUSTICE, EVEN UNTIL THE END OF TIME. The concept that these images were considered to be refuse that I found in trash only enhances the statement of the entire work, as well as demonstrates the cruel abandonment of this age . . . the Age of Technological Divinity. Materials included Copper Leaf, Acrylic polymers, acrylic paint, gloss acrylic gel, altered digital photographs of photos found in trash, glues, canvas; mica, titanium dioxide, dried pigments, and wood. Please note that all Found Photos were gathered on the streets of Philadelphia, New York City, and Camden, New Jersey.
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