This is My Body, This is My Blood13x 23" or 33x58.5cm
Acrylic/ Mixed Media.
It started with a salvaged frame found in the trash. I removed the broken glass and crumbling statuary it once housed and cleaned it up, so it could be saved. It seemed the thing to do since "saving" is the basis of Christian beliefs.
The bottom panel door contains a DaVinci reproduction, so whatever artwork I created was going to center around and reflect that piece, The Last Supper. I began thinking of the quote associated with the event. "This is my body, this is my blood." And that became my springboard. The recent phenomenon, DaVinci Code, that suggested that the "Blood of Christ" and the "Cup of Christ" had more female involvement; I wanted a strong feminine image in contrast to the Last Supper. The painted blood in the hidden bottom panel alludes to the blood sacrifice of Christ, and the blood that is spent every month naturally women. Historically, we can look at how the Christian church has treated women and female reproduction and debate the imbalances. So I contrasted a rarely seen feminine image with a very popular image of Christian patriarchy. The result was two extremes coming together to achieve an unusual balance.
But it more than just religion, it was a challenge to render this part of the body. In art class we learned to draw hands and faces, but never this body part. It has been demonized and taboo-ed and hidden away in a haze of mystery. And yet, it is as individual and unique to each woman as much as her face or fingerprint. (I believe the same is true for the male counterpart.)
So as unnerving as it may seem... This is a portrait of someone in particular, who was chosen for her subliminal cross shape. So with out shame or regret both can claim, "This is my body, this is my blood."
This piece required me to do push beyond the limits of comfort and take a few risks.
Painting is signed by the artist. Framed in wood. Door opens on bottom.
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