I will be showing my collage interpretation of The Way of the Cross March 29 through April 11.
One piece will be shown each day along with the scripture passage or passages that go with it. This is the project I am completing for my Creativity and Spirituality Doctor of Ministry Class at Wesley Theological Seminary.
Please do not copy or post these images in any other place without my permission.
The choice of scripture passages and translations are from Megan McKenna’s The New Stations of the Cross, based on a revision of the traditional stations of the cross by Pope John Paul II in 1991.
A few people who have been watching over the past few days have asked me to explain some of the symbolism in my non-representational (meaning that the shapes are not identifiable as persons or things) interpretation of the stations of the cross. Without going into the full explanation that will be quite long for the doctoral class, let me give a few tips to understanding these pieces.
The “gray scale” painted canvases represent the growing darkness leading to the cross. Brush strokes represent different emotions underlying each step.
The large central rectangle of hand made paper on each represents Jesus Christ, and the metal mesh is representative of the cross, and more importantly, the barriers we put up between ourselves and God and one another. You will see that barrier represent betrayal, denial and other forms of separation. Other small rectangles of paper represent various people, such as disciples, the Sanhedrin, and others along the way to the cross.
The fibers represent the composure, or equanimity of Christ as he goes through the increasing levels of suffering. He maintains a steadfastness and calmness of mind and spirit in the midst of growing persecution. The changing colors of the fibers add another layer of both betrayal and denial that he experiences from his followers, as well as demonstrating the growing authentic royalty of Jesus as he moves closer to the cross. Crimson represents the denial, betrayal, and other wounds. Purple represents royalty. The grays and whites in the early pieces turn quickly to crimson as Jesus’ friends fall away.
While this is not a complete explanation, it may be helpful to those viewing these pieces.
Jesus Is Helped By Simon of Cyrene
When they had finisehd mocking him, they stripped him of the purple, dressed him in his own clothes, and led him out to crucify him. A man named Simon of Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was coming in from the fields, and they pressed him into service to carry the cross.
As they led him away, they laid hold of one Simon the Cyrenian who was coming in from the fields. They put a crossbeam on Simon’s shoulders fro him to carry along behind Jesus.
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