cathedral / scaffolding

Progress shots of new woodcuts.

This series depicts cathedrals in various states of restoration. While I was in Europe I saw gorgeous cathedral after cathedral; mans greatest achievements in architectural design and artistry are scattered all through Central Europe. All of them shared something in common: scaffolding. I became drawn to the contrast of the flawless design of the spires and the clinging scaffolds clinging on to the temporal parts of the buildings, the parts that need repair.

I began to read this imagery as the condition I personally feel towards western spirituality. My body is temporal, imperfect, and boy do I have a beer belly! The ideal version of My body could be tall, timeless, athletic, eloquent and strong.  The scaffolding is a reminder that the ideal body presented by the church is also temporal, imperfect.