The world feels like it is burning up at the moment: planes being shot out of the air, broken bodies tumbling forth; beautiful children being denied safe passage by my own people; other beautiful children huddling in terror as bombs drop from the sky; friends who I love , on the other side, living with a sense of doom and dread and I imagine moral ambivalence.
But what has particularly upset me of late is the terrible choice ancient Chaldean Christians have faced , convert or die by the sword. For all of my love of the blessed saints, I don’t want to see more made. These ancient peoples forced from their ancestral homes, their sacred churches now at the mercy of savage thugs (New York Times, source ) .
This print is for displaced ancestors of Christendom.
Agnus Dei II
relief print on paper
9 x 12 inches
This unfortunate state has become a bit of an obsession for me. The heated rhetoric, is divisive and unhelpful , so much so my husband has asked me to stop speaking of the unpleasantness. So I turn to other means of expression, one of the most accessible, relief print. I am reworking my relief print Agnus Dei, this time with Gazan blood and Ukrainian fire. I need to rework a bit still ,a little too much indiscriminate crimson ; but given the amount of spilt blood, tears and broken lives perhaps the excess drama is right on target.