Friday, July 10, 2009
A picture is worth a thousand words. But although I am an artist and theologian, I don't often share art on this blog. So I thought I would. The following is an illustration I did of the crucifixion. One thing I love about art is the way it has of bypassing our heads and going strait to our hearts, speaking to us on a level beyond words. Music can do the same thing, which is why we often can first really get something when we hear it in a hymn or song. Art also has a way of connecting to our own stories, experiences, and feelings, as we find ourselves and our feelings expressed in a book, film, or picture.
So with that in mind, I realize that different people will bring different associations to a piece of art. That's the way it is supposed to be, so I don't want to say too much about this piece, but rather let it speak for itself in its own visual language. At the same time, I do think it can help to have some context from an artist, especially when dealing with images, into their intent. This picture for me is about how Jesus bore all of our suffering, sin, sickness, and brokenness on the cross. It is a picture of how much God was willing to endure for our sake, in order to set us free and give us life. It's called "So much". (You can see the full size by clicking the image)
Here is a detail from the image
Edit: By popular demand, I've decided to make this and other original works of art available for purchase as high quality framed print. You can view the full gallery here.