|"Corpus" by David J.P. Hooker
From THE CHRISTIAN POST:
A 5-foot-tall ceramic sculpture of the crucified Jesus Christ covered in vacuum dust collected by the custodial staff at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill., will debut in the Biblical and Theological Studies department at the Billy Graham Center on April 22. The piece was created by associate professor of art, David J.P. Hooker.
At first glance, seeing Jesus covered in a mass of dirt, skin cells, human hair and carpet fibers is alarming, but Hooker explains the art is not intended to be sacrilegious, but a representation of Jesus sacrificing himself to atone for the sins of humanity.
"One of the interesting things for me has been the ways in which I have felt the physicality of Jesus' humanity while working on the piece," Hooker said. "I've been moved mostly by working on the feet and sides of the torso. There's something so vulnerable about those parts of the body, and how they are exposed."
Although the piece isn't yet finished, Hooker sees it as displaying a universal message of hope.
"There's something hopeful in the affirmation that all creation is good, that we are miraculously grafted into Christ's body." Hooker said. "When people hear about the piece, I think they see it primarily about Jesus' death, a Good Friday artwork. I'm seeing more and more about his resurrection, an Easter Sunday artwork. I hope that will come through when it's finished."
It's completely 'armless.