|Stations of the Cross: Jesus Meets the Women|
I am in an exhibit where artists were asked to interpret one of the Stations on the Cross for the Lenten Season. I was happy to be able to interpret the station where Jesus interacts with the daughters of Jerusalem. I wanted to give this station a contemporary feel and not recreate the traditional station where Jesus meets women while carrying His cross. While we as women don't often do a lot of ironing anymore it is something we all have a reference for. Many of us learned how to iron by ironing handkerchiefs so this seemed to me to be a perfect metaphor for the women mentioned in this passage.
My installation has a man's shirt that represents Jesus. Inside the shirt is the quote: "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me but for yourselves and your children". The ironing board becomes the pedestal for four irons with the faces of women of varying ages who are saddened by their encounter with Jesus as He carries his cross. There is a pile of handkerchiefs representing the tears of women of all ages.