Sunday, April 22, 2007
Station 13 - Jesus is taken down from the cross and placed in his mother's arms
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How can a person live through the kind of grief that Mary must have felt when she received into her arms the body of her tortured son?
Some may say that it is too soon to interject images or thoughts of hope, but…how does one live through this kind of pain—the pain of those left without the presence of their loved ones, the pain of those who have seen the reality of human inhumanity inflicted upon others?
There is something in the human spirit which allows us to survive.
This piece is created from the intersection of three stories, three time periods, three women: Mary, the mother of Jesus; Julian of Norwich, a 14th century Christian mystic; and Denise Levertov, who wrote a poem about Julian’s mystical vision.
Bringing together fragments from each of these women’s experiences, I’ve tried to create new meanings and a vision of hope and survival.
Julian’s vision and the full poem by Denise Levertov are included in the booklet near this piece.
Truly, we must take the time for lamentation and grief. And yet, there is something to cling to, which can carry us through it.
What is it that we cling to?
Hope? God? Spirit? Creation? Community?
artist: Nanette Sawyer
24" x 24"
Length of hand piece: 7 ½"
Plaster sculpture on wood with acrylic paint and permanent marker
Posted by J.F. Gómez at 4/22/2007 08:32:00 PM