Becoming Jesus

 

God is dead, but considering the state the species man is in, 

there will perhaps be caves, for ages yet, in which his shadow will be shown. FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE

                                                                                          

SAMPLE WORK: PHOTOFIT 2 

 

A portrait of Jesus,  in the manner of an old police photofit.

Two other men, 2nd World War casualties;  faces altered by reconstructive surgery.

Their frozen expressions are the result of nerve damage.

 

Jesus was crucified with two others, one on his left, one on his right.

Christ sought followers; through suffering, these men have become like Him.

 

 But Jesus's own likeness can’t be trusted - his face is, after all,

 a construction, assembled from two thousand years of longing.

 

Nietzche suggests the god-idea is dying. A patchwork image, assembled in the bronze age (and stitched and restitched endlessly thereafter), no longer suffices.

 

The series explores what it means, nowadays, to become Jesus.