The Last Supper
I was very influenced by the masks I saw while on a visit to Venice and wanted to create my own. It was a short step from this to my own version of the Last Supper. I used gold to symbolise the glory of God. The eyes of Christ are open: who sees all and yet still forgives, still loves. The eyes of the apostles are closed: the wonder is there for us to see, but do we? Judas is sightless: our denial? our ignorance?
I began with the idea in mind of a symbolical crucifixion scene, linked to the horror of trench warfare. Hence the bramble would represent both the crown of thorns and barbed wire. The handless thieves would also be those blinded by mustard gas. The figure of Christ would also represent someone caught on the wire in 'no mans land'. The bomb blasted tree, the cross. The colour itself is reminiscent of the mud filled trenches. I don't know if my idea works, but I hope the image of the suffering, and what it represents, does.
It seemed only fitting to complete this triptych with the risen Christ. This figure is once more in gold to celebrate the wonder of that day. The figure this time is more representational and exaggerated. The body is foreshortened and bursting forth from the ground to symbolise new life/escape. The arms are thrown wide and overstated to symbolise spiritual growth and the cross defeated.