cjphipps - collage work

'Behold the Man'
©2005 Carol J. Phipps




"Behold the Man," is a collage of candid pictures of humanity and creatures of the earth and sea variously gathered around the crucified Jesus of Nazareth. Using a more traditional technique for collage-making in this work, I gathered pictures largely from National Geographic magazines and joined them together rather than creating my own images. This art work visualizes the biblical message found in Colossians regarding Christ Jesus coming into the world to reconcile creation to God.

"Absolutely everything above and below, visible and invisible, . . got started in [Christ] and finds its purpose in [Christ]. He was there before any of it came into existence and holds it all together right up to this moment . . . From beginning to end [Christ is] there, towering far above everything, everyone. So spacious is He, so roomy, that everything of God finds its proper place in Him without crowding. . . all the broken and dislocated pieces of the universe--people and things, animals, and atoms--get properly fixed and fit together in vibrant harmonies, all because of His death, His blood that poured down from the Cross . . . by giving Himself completely at the Cross . . . Christ brought you over to God's side . . . I [Paul] want you woven into a tapestry of love, in touch with everything there is to know of God. Then you will have minds confident and at rest, focused on Christ, God's great mystery."
Col. 1:13-22; 2:2

The latter words from the Message translation were inspiration for the, "Behold the Man," collage. The piece was begun during a Christian Grandparent camp while teaching the traditional method of collage-making.

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