THE TREE FOR THE CROSS by Colin Moffett I stood in the forest growing so strong From all of my companions I was numbered among They picked me out as the rough barked tree To crucify the Saviour of men on the hard wood of me I felt each blow as they cut me down … Continue reading Remembering the tree
I think it is telling that much contemporary Christian art depicts Jesus on the cross in splendid isolation. No followers. No crowds. No one crucified next to him. Compare that to ancient Christian art where Jesus was nearly always imagined in relationship to others. None of our western individualism. It was Christ, in community, in … Continue reading Crucified in Community
Which one was it that held the nails and then hammered them into place? Did he hit them out of anger, or a simple sense of duty? Was it a job that had to be done, or a good day’s work in the open air? And when they clawed past bone and bit into wood, … Continue reading The Nail Man by Steve Turner
Jesus Christ is crucified” by Jamini Roy Jamini Roy (1887-1972) was an influential (non-Christian) Indian artist who forged a style that was both Indian and avant garde, taking crude Kalighat Pat styles as his sources of inspiration. Although I find his art eye catching I can't help but notice that, as with many non-Christian artists who delve into … Continue reading The Indian Art of Jamini Roy
Wicasta Lovelace's painting of the "The Crucifixion of Ayn Rand" juxtaposes Rand's philosophy of selfishness with Christ's act of selflessness. Could there be a greater contraction? Why yes, in real life. But while the intentional juxtaposition in this painting is something I can appreciate, how Tea Party Christians can idolize this pro-choise Atheist in real life … Continue reading Why do Tea Party Christians idolize Ayn Rand?
"Good Friday" by Australian Aboriginal artist Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri. See if you can figure out the symbolism for yourself. This one is relatively easy.