A Thorn and the Oppressors Chattel Slaves
( A Study)Linocut Mixed Media Collage on Bark Paper 1/1
“In Bengali, we say “Kanta diye kanta tola” using a thorn to remove a thorn.” By Nigerian Theologian Olaudah Equiano (1745-1791)
- The above sketch is my interpretation of the Olaudah Equiano Theologian Equiano tried to claim St. Paul as a liberator.
- “We need to reclaim St. Paul in order to free ourselves from the structures of domination, otherwise by default he will remain in the possession of the dominant groups. “-Black Theology, Slavery and Contemporary Christianity: 200 years and no Apology, edited by Anthony G. Reddie
The Drawing: Sweet chariot it is not. The drawing is of a slave ship. Slaves are held in the bow of the ship. At the top of the ship, there is a multitude of crosses, crucifix, and statues of Christ. The oppressors manipulated the gospel. The crosses symbolize the twisted gospel/ thorn the oppressors were selling. A slave escapes and dives into the ocean where three other slaves are waiting. Millions of slaves died at sea. I would title this image of the series “A Thorn and the Oppressor’s Chattel Slaves.”
- Comment; I am exploring Paul and the Gospel. Please check back periodically and see images develop into sculptures. I hope to travel the paintings.
- Just in, I will have an exhibition October 2018. I will post details closer to the date.