Sunday, April 22, 2007

Station 10 - Jesus is stripped

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Evil Flourishes

When lynching was common in the United States people took pictures of the gruesome mass murders and sold them as postcards and kept them as souvenirs. Many of the images have been collected as a record of the abuse, an ugly chapter in human history.

This piece is based on an image of one particular man who was whipped and stripped and photographed naked before he was lynched. He was a man who brings Jesus to mind. Jesus knows what this man went through, because he suffered it too.

What happens to the souls of torturers?

It has been said that evil flourishes when people of good will do nothing. What happens to our souls when we do nothing?

How might you join with others to relieve suffering and confront injustice?

artists: Nanette Sawyer, Terra Winston
30" excluding fabric extensions x 21 ¾"
Canvas board with acrylic paint and fabric

1 comment:

scripture said...

Matthew 27:27-31

[Earlier] the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor's headquarters, and they gathered the whole cohort around him.

They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on his head.

They put a reed in his right hand and knelt before him and mocked him, saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!"

They spat on him, and took the reed and struck him on the head.

After mocking him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.

Luke 23:34b

And the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice.