Medium: Reclaimed Barn Wood, Handmade African Tribal Cloth and Mask, 1800’s German Bible, Iron Nails, Nepalese Paper, Waxed Linen Thread, Ethiopian Coptic Stitching
Artist Statement: This piece is named after the passage in Genesis 22 where God orders the Biblical Patriarch Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac, but, at the last moment Jehovah’s Angel stopped Abraham telling him “Do not harm the boy and do not do anything at all to him, for now I do know that you are God-fearing because you have not withheld your son, your only one, from me.” Then Abraham looked up and saw a ram caught in a thicket by his horns. In response to Abraham’s obedience, God presented a sacrificial replacement, a male ram sheep with its horns entangled in the bushes. This was a foreshadowing of the crown of thorns upon the head of Jesus, the sacrificial Lamb of God who was made an offering for sin. Abraham then called that place “The-Lord-Will-Provide.”
This Dogon Tribal Mask was most likely created and worn as a symbol of the virtues of a ram, or male sheep, as protector and leader.
33H X 15W X 9D