Medium: Vintage Peruvian Burial Dolls, Antique Native American Blanket, Weathered Wood Cross, 1800’s Hebrew Bible, Nepalese Paper, Waxed Linen Thread, Ethiopian Coptic Stitching
Artist Statement: These primitive cloth dolls mounted on a rustic wood cross are vintage reproductions of pre-Columbian Peruvian Chancay burial dolls. Though the dolls are contemporary, their clothing is made from actual ancient burial cloth materials. For unknown reasons, these dolls were often placed in graves as part of the Chancay burial tradition. The title for this structure is taken from Romans 6:4 – “We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” Here Paul reminds us that we have been buried with Christ through baptism into death, and whether this is seen as figurative (in reference to spiritual baptism…the death of old self), or literal (through a believer’s experience in water baptism), the precious truth remains the same – that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glorious power of God the Father, so also through Christ’s indwelling we too are transformed and empowered to walk in newness of life.
40H X 24W X 5D