THE FAMILIARITY OF THIS IMAGE IS UNQUESTIONABLE IN ITS HISTORICAL CONTEXT.
THE ABSENCE OF A CROSS REMOVES THE CEREMONIAL RELIGIOUS CONTEXT AND SHOWS NO LESS THAN A HUMAN BEING SOMEWHERE BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH.
Here is a man, crucified, eyes closed and head bowed, his relaxed muscles betraying his state of consciousness.
I wanted to demystify the Christian notion of crucifixion and resurrection by portraying the very human side of it, as it was a regular occurrence in the Roman world.
Instead of showing the Christian ideal of redemption in death, I wanted to portray the denial of saintliness and refusal of the mythical, and propose a simple human presence.
His body is covered with graffiti which reads “This Is Not,” denying the sanctity of this sacred figure.
The introduction of the “street art” allows a written message to suggest that there are no moral or religious connotations, simply the passing of a man and a spirit in death.
|Dimensions:||96 x 90 x 36 cm|