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Pentecost over Nature

by fariddelaossa
This painting was created following the 2004 Pentecost celebration in Chicago. The dove form in the middle of this painting contains 24 candles which represent the 12 tribes of Israel (Old Testament) and the 12 apostles (New Testament).

I wanted to combine this figure with an understanding of the Eucharist from a Liberation Theology perspective which would express the solidarity with the oppressed (the poor and the Earth). This is a theme that strongly comes through such books as: “What are they saying about Environmental Ethics?” by Pamela Smith and in articles like “The Bread of the Eucharistic Celebration as a Sign of Justice in the Community” by Enrique Dussel.

The poor are represented in the human figures that appear on the right-hand side of the dove and the Earth is represented by the animals and trees that appear on the left-hand side of the dove All of these are contained in a host sustained by a priest in the middle of a blue and yellow background which signifies God’s presence in Nature.

Medium: Color pencils, color pastels, black ink on thick construction paper
Size: 8" x 12"
Price: $70


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