‘Execution by Torture’ (2008), oil on linen, 140 x 100 cm.2008
This canvas depicts the crucifixion of a Jewish religious prophet and two thieves that took place in the Middle East during Roman times. The Roman method of execution was a particularly cruel one but I eschewed a close up representation of the victims’ bodily agony in order to avoid the sadistic voyeurism associated with so many images of violence. Viewed from a distance, three wooden crosses are silhouetted against the sky. A stark rocky landscape, dark purple in hue, illuminated by flashes of lightning is intended to convey metaphorically a protest at the suffering experienced by all those who are tortured to death. Since I am an atheist I do not believe in Christ’s resurrection. Nevertheless, I am moved by Christ’s passion and sympathetic to many of his teachings.
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