Every now and then, I get inspiration to create an artwork. Such a moment presented itself last evening and it became my short spiritual journey.
And this is the story of “The Minimalist Christ”.
1. As I gazed upon the cross in church last evening, a vision started to take shape. I couldn’t get it off my mind…
2. As we left church, I asked my wife to drive and go somewhere with a hardware shop so that I can get some materials…
I started to sketch in the car…
3. I came home to draw a better version of what I have sketched earlier…
4. I started “nailing” Jesus to the plank….
5. I then starting twisting wires around the nails but it just didn’t work as I expected. I wanted so much to give emphasis on the “crown of thorns” and it proved to be the hardest to shape. I kinda wondered why the people back then took the trouble making the crown of thorns…
6. The nails did not work in helping me shape the image I had envisioned so I started twisting and turning the wire using my hands. Nothing seemed to be going as planned. And in the end, something prompted me to end my work with a heart. Not a bad idea since we are celebrating Divine Mercy (Sacred Heart) Sunday.
Moral of the story is, do not emphasize on the crown of thorns but on the sacred heart instead. Love and not hate….
This was done using a single line of wire without breaking.
This is not the final product. I am looking for a cross that will match with the wire sculpture. I painted a cross on the wooden plank as a concept to see how the wire sculpture would look like on a cross.
I then decided to name this artwork – “The Minimalist Christ”….
7. And these are what’s left on the plank – holes from the nails. They reminded me of one of the verses used for the gospel reading this weekend:
Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”~John 20:27
This morning, I went to the hardware store to get some wood to make the cross and to complete the artwork.
8. It is done and complete.
“The Minimalist Christ”