The world God created was good. Humankind lived at peace, in harmony with its Creator. But scripture tells of a mysterious intrusion, an insinuation into human consciousness of mistrust towards God and alienation from His creatures. Something out-of-place enters the picture, not a new, creative possibility but a disfigurement, a warping. Christians have referred to this sterile distortedness as hamartia (Gk.), literally a “falling-short” or “sin”. They experience it variously as weakness of will, a sinister power and even a kind of slavery. Although deliverance from it is attained through baptism, sin’s shadow lingers on in a variety of futile longings.

1. Confusion of Tongues, 2016

Abbi Jones

Terracota brick dust

Working as an artist and an archaeologist in London allows me to move between these spheres, playing both the finder and the creator. I try to make new works which speak to old artefacts. My interests also lie in the ground, the clay and the chalk, solid materials that allow for creating the man-made things and images we engage with. Archaeology and Art are both ways of resurrecting images, objects and concepts. A usual starting point for my practice begins in the attraction of fabrics associated with construction, for example, building materials and the ways in which their dormant state can bring about possibilities of structuring. Sometimes, these initial leads end up with works that are ruined forms of artefacts, left behind by deconstruction (processes). The sculpture/installation 'Confusion of Tongues' I see fitting into the 'Suffering and Sin' theme. The work holds an abstract reference to the story of The Tower of Babel. God's obstruction of the building of the tower, scattering of the people and inability to converse through a single language was punishment for their efforts in building a tower "tall enough to reach heaven." The work refers to ruins; however, from ruins new life/new ideas have the opportunity to begin again.

2. Forest of Sandim, 2017

Elizabeth McCarten

Gouache on Paper

These paintings stem from Sandim a small town in northern Portugal where my mother grew up. Although these paintings may not directly depict paintings of Christ's death and resurrection they touch on the fragility of human life and the balance of life and death.

3. After the Fire, 2017

Elizabeth McCarten

Gouache on Paper

4. Mourning, 2016

Elizabeth McCarten

Oil on Board

These paintings stem from Sandim, a small town in northern Portugal where my mother grew up. Although these paintings may not directly depict paintings of Christ's death and resurrection, they touch on the fragility of human life and the balance of life and death.

5. Pope Francis praying in Mximillian Kolbe's cell in Auschwitz, 2016

Peter Bridgman

Acrylic on Canvas

The Pope here is seen contemplating the suffering and sin of the world and also the response of a Christian in the face of it. Suffering and sin are portrayed here as an inspiration for prayer.

6. Inner Turmoil, 2017

Rene De Los Reyes

Watercolour

Sin involves betrayal and deception. Deception comes with pride and suffering. Suffering through sin crushes like a roaring wave that engulfs and drowns our way of being and our seeking of God’s mercy. We see nothing in the obscurity of the night and the raging turmoil that goes within. Despite the struggle, we strive to go forward, to move on, by the light of blind obedience. In the midst of all the sufferings, we are encouraged to look towards the light, the light that brings hope. In Job 11:13-18: “If you direct your heart rightly, you will stretch out your hands toward him. If iniquity is in your hand, put it far away, and do not let wickedness reside in your tents. Surely then you will lift up your face without blemish; you will be secure, and will not fear. You will forget your misery; you will remember it as waters that have passed away. And your life will be brighter than the noonday; its darkness will be like the morning. And you will have confidence, because there is hope; you will be protected and take your rest in safety.”

7. But a Breath, 2013

Kirsty Kerr

Video

“Man is like a mere breath; his days are like a passing shadow.”
- Psalm 144:4

This video piece is a meditation on human fragility. Using the motif of breath as symbol of transience, the continuous approaching from and retreating to darkness suggests birth, death, and rebirth – the possibility of resurrection and for the ephemeral to become eternal.
Resurrection Exhibition