Khing, the master carver, made a bell stand of precious wood. When it was finished, All who saw it were astounded. They said it must be the work of spirits.
The Prince of Lu said to the master carver, 'What is your secret?'
This is the image.
Initially we wanted to only create an image that showcased reconciliation in some way, but as so often happens it took on a life of its own. So after the fact, this is my reading of it;
The image is a Pietà, a Pietà is an almost standardised composition of the Mother Mary holding the body of Christ.
Now Pietà is about sacrifice, loss, sadness. So many of us, black and white, if not all of us have sacrificed so much for our country at different times in history, willingly or unwillingly. Some were very intentional about giving their lives, others lives were taken.
We often forget that this was her son, her little boy, that she had no choice but to see die.
The Pietà carries in it the obvious sadness and overwhelming loss, but also a hidden sense of hope. That there will be a new morning, that there will be resurrection and new life.
May this image enfold, enrage, and encourage.
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