The CRUCIFIXION PROJECT is a multi-media piece by Philip Inwood that explores the depiction of Jesus of Nazareth on the Cross from the viewpoint of ethnicity. The initial intention of filming a variety of faces, hands and feet is to counteract the narrowed ethnic choices made in most works of art that depict Jesus.
Of his work Mr. Inwood wrote, “The cross itself is made of Hemlock, a local wood which, for me, has a feeling of rough honesty. The link with Socrates, who drank poison hemlock and died for his beliefs is significant. This project is partly intended to explore the stereotypes for this icon and jumble different races/genders/styles of human appearance. The inspiration for the structure of this piece comes from Byzantine and early Italian crosses that place square TV-like boxes on the ends of the four points of the cross. The video portion consists of a loop of 8 minutes and 7 men. The cross itself is 10 feet high by 6 feet wide.”
The piece was recently featured in a juried show at the AVA CENTER in Lebanon, NH.