Christ in the wilderness

Over the last couple of terms I have privilege of working with Glenn Sujo a South American Artist who has practiced in the UK, Israel (Bezalel) and the United States. He says of drawing “I want my traces to be the very phrasing of life.’ (Henri Michaux) Drawing today presents an expanded field, assailing us by its economy (as signs do), alert to an intimacy of touch, caress, disclosure, its unintended accidents of line and tone enlarging both sensory and spiritual horizons. An enduring language comprising a bold syntax of marks, quips, barbs and arrows (40,000 years in use), it retains the power to affect, instil, transform and wrest meaning from chaos.”

We always work with moving figures allowing our drawings to emerge also making extensive use of art history to develop projects of fully considered drawings from initial sketches.

I chose for my terms project to consider the Temptation of Christ in the wilderness.  I was able to draw on a number of sources for this project. The scripture in Luke 4. Over 1000 years of art history, my visits to the ancient sites in the Holy Land and some sketches I had taken of two male wrestlers fighting each other.  I used these sources to compose the final drawing above.

During the project I was able to do a lot of thinking about the nature of evil, temptation and how we can best respond to these questions.

Jesus Is Tested in the Wilderness

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted[a] by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’[b]

The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. If you worship me, it will all be yours.”  Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’[c]

The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here.10 For it is written:

“‘He will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you carefully;
11 they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’[d]

12 Jesus answered, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’[e]

13 When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.


My own visits to the Holy land which included the Judean desert and the Pinnacle of the Temple mentioned in the passage.P1060812 2.jpg

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