this week we were dealing with the crucifixion. not my favorite portion of scripture, to be sure, but one that i think merits our careful attention, as well as our broken hearts. as i read it through many times and prayed over it, i was struck by how mark's version uses the words "hurled" and "heaped" in reference to the insults and mockery being sent Jesus' way by onlookers. i had this image of of Jesus just being covered by heaps of hatred, vicious and venomous piles of sin. and then, for my whole life, i have never been able to be unmoved by the passionate, lonely and mysterious cry of Jesus, "why have you forsaken me?" it is a call that echoes across the centuries and haunts me. and so in my collage i tried to capture some of what felt like heaping piles of mockery and insult and the isolation that Christ felt. it was an interesting topic to address because it seems like every artist has already dealt with the topic, and all of them have handled much more adeptly than i ever could. so it was a humbling experience, not to mention very spiritually moving.
i am praying that all of you, my dear readers, have a very rich holy week.
"lent 2011: forsaken"
mixed media (acrylic paint, paper, crumbled crayon, masking tape) on canvas
gregory a. milinovich
and here are some closer shots of the details: