How can I talk about
this piece? This is the most quoted bible verse in history! It’s
used in all kinds of books, sermons and even at sporting events. I
think it was the last instance that provoked me into looking at the
meaning of the verse more seriously than I felt it had been for a
long time. And I wanted people to see the gravity of it.
Romans on black paper. I wanted to use these stately Romans to
reinforce the seriousness of the text. I used analogous colors of
gouache with mitchell nibs, from size 4 to 2. A lot of the time to
create this piece was spent on layout, to get the words just in the
right position. During practice, I felt that the capital os in the
words “world” and "Son” needed to be filled with something.
Obviously, the world and a baby in the womb. Historically, Jesus is
never presented in this way, as far as I know. (and I should know
because I teach art history!) There is an implied message here about
abortion, which I felt would be received with some alarm, but no one
has ever even asked me about it. It just seemed really important to
me at the time to correlate the idea that the savior of the world
was also a fetus.
I remember how hard I worked on theses
caps! Reggie’s phrase “pressure-release-pressure” was always in my
head! As with the other pieces that I did in that year, I felt
really satisfied with the quality of the lettering. There are white
spatters in the background showing the stars in space, where the
world is literally hanging. .