The Upper Room: Judas
The Upper Room
The works in this series were partially inspired by events in the Gospel of John, Chapter 13: The washing of the disciples’ feet.
Jesus’ deceptively simple act reveals broad dynamics of humility, pride, and love. Jesus stooped to perform one of the lowliest of tasks in the ancient world for his disciples. Many of us feel somewhat comfortable in the role of ‘helper’ or ‘foot washer’.
How do we feel when we are ones needing help? The disciples were shocked and even tried to refuse Jesus’ gesture.
Those closest to Jesus on Earth, his daily companions, were alarmed by his act of humility and kindness.
A challenge I am confronted with as I try to be a Christian seems to be my desire to find meaning from Biblical stories in my daily life. How can ancient stories resonate in my daily activities? In the case of John Chapter 13 I ask myself several questions. Among them are: How will I respond when graceful acts are offered to me? How may I be a comfort to others? What are the comfort levels of other people in need of help? Will others be accepting of my offerings of help?
Four major elements seen in these sculptures are:
Stairs to the Upper Room: How do we ascend to a place of grace?
Bowl with suds: What act of grace or kindness are we willing to offer to others?
Feet: What flaws are we willing to accept in others?
Modern elements and textures: How are the themes contrasted and compared to elements in contemporary society?