“In order to secure the oil in the Middle East, the United States started the Persian Gulf War in 1990 under Bill Clinton. It was during the Gulf War that the military started using war machines—tanks, guns and bullets—made of depleted uranium. This is when I realized that all wars were simply about securing access to power sources.
I felt this war symbolized the crucifixion of the feminine life force. The words “Who sacrificed the feminine?” came to me. The femininity of the Christ had been crucified.
I painted Christa, Christ as a woman, hanging as in the original crucifixion images but hanging from the Tree of Life whose branches bore the fruit of dates, grapes and apples.
The creation of Christa was a pivotal point in my journey as an artist. Upon finishing this piece, I felt that I had freed myself to come out of the studio and enter the world as an activist.”
I feel Christa very much resonates with our political situation now. After so many years, we are still facing the same problems. Basically, the feminine was sacrificed not just the feminine but Jesus the Christ the way he was hanged. A Bodhisattva Savior, therefore his feminine was sacrificed.
Due to their hand-painted nature, calligraphy will vary slightly.
Can be personalized or dedicated for a special purpose such as calling in compassionate healing for fear, grief, illness, etc.