Downcast (2009) (9″ x 12″)
collage on paper
The last half of Mark 11 consists of a sandwich construction in which the story of the cursiing of the fig tree is interrupted in the middle with the account of Jesus driving out the moneychangers. Interestingly, both of these stories have been quoted by critics of Christianity to prove that Jesus was not in fact sinless. Both stories are indeed related in theme and demonstrate Jesus’ righteous indignation. Unfortunately for us, we are not righteous like Jesus and need to be very hesitant before attempting to emulate Jesus’ actions.