sculptor and painter
Here below you can see interpretations of a Cultural Heritage...or...a Travelling Exhibition, with motives from The Old Testament.
The paintings have been purchased by Maria Parish in Helsingborg, and can be seen there from 13 November 2011.
...ten paintings - with Bible quotations. I had the pleasure, and great honour, to exhibit them in parishes in the counties of Skåne and Halland, in the south of Sweden since 2007.
The paintings are made with warm, sacral colours, in a technique that could give associations to church windows and icons.
The Bible quotations are freely interpreted .
Why the old Testamentet?
Followers from all the three Middle Eastern religions; Christians, Jews and Muslims, can find roots in the Old Testament.
This enhances its universal significance.
The texts consists of myths och pictures which are very much relevant today.
I think that many of the stories are repeated right now.
But in different ways.
The Old Testament, therefore, binds present times with ancient times.
We see enormous amount of people in endless refugee camps. Still wandering, in their hearts, though stuck geographically in a no-mans land somewhere.
We see brothers in war against each other.
We see nature catastrophies.
We see worshipping of materialistic values - whether it is money, oil resources, quick-fix home restorations or other things.
We see contempt, cruelty and suspicion towards the weak/ill/different (for example towards the poor, people with aids, gays or - in some cultures - single mothers, "fallen" women. Not to mention what we do to our children in our
time. The list is endless.)
But, we also see a stubborn hope for change.
And we see "underdogs" conquering greater powers.
We see individuals with huge dreams, who want to revolutionize the world.
We see miracles.
These ten paintings are - therefore - not from the agenda of a domesday prophet.
They are not lamentations on the rutten etics in the world.
On the contrary.
.....They try to illustrate that the world is not getting worse.....nor, indeed, better.
I believe that everything moves in circles. What goes around, comes around.
We are neither better, nor worse, than other people.
Regardless of culture, religion or age in which they live on this planet.
If you scratch a little on the surface, we all have the same weaknesses, the same struggeling, the same joys....and have always had it, since the beginning of time....
Please, click on the pictures to enlarge.
1. "The long journey"
2. "The flood is coming"
“Look! I am about to cover the earth with a flood that will destroy every living thing that breathes. Everything on earth will die.."
"At sundown he arrived at a good place to set up camp and stopped there for the night. Jacob found a stone to rest his head against and lay down to sleep. As he slept, he dreamed of a stairway that reached from the earth up to heaven. And he saw the angels of God going up and down the stairway."
(Genesis 28:9-12 )
4. "Where is JONAh?"
"Then the sailors picked Jonah up and threw him into the raging sea, and the storm stopped at once!
" At the first light of dawn, the king got up and hurried to the lions' den. When he came near the den, he called to Daniel in an anguished voice, "Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?"
Daniel answered, "O king, live forever! My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, O king."
(Dan 6, 19:21)
"So David triumphed over the Philistine with only a sling and a stone, for he had no sword. ." (1 Samuel, 17:50)
7."the garden of Eden"
"And the LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil."
One day Cain suggested to his brother, “Let’s go out into the fields.”And while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother, Abel, and killed him.
Genesis 4:8 (New Living Translation)
9. "the golden calf"
"The people got up early the next morning to sacrifice burnt offerings and peace offerings. After this, they celebrated with feasting and drinking, and they indulged in pagan revelry."
Exodus 32:6 (New Living Translation)
10. "our neighbour"
"He was despised and rejected by men,
Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows,