Stations of the Cross

 

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The Face of Jesus On the Cross

Statement about the Stations of the Cross

 

When I started painting The Stations of the Cross series, I had a deep sense of the gravity of the subject, the saddest journey to sacrifice  and redemption. For me, whether one believes in a literal or symbolic  interpretation, this is a moving and inspiring story of profound dignity, in the face of injustice, and horrific cruelty. I did not want  to paint a detached illustration of the events, but rather a suite of images that would touch deep emotions.

The process of painting was intuitive, spontaneous, with the images flowing quickly and directly, without premeditation or reference to sketches or photos. Using a fat brush in my non-dominant left hand, and a wet paper towel to wipe away excess paint in my right hand, the suggestion of  detail surprised me as it magically emerged.

The materials echo the themes of humility and glory. Each 12" square gold-leafed canvas is painted with the humblest flat black acrylic  gesso. The gold leaf creates a glow that is “alive” with light,  connecting the viewer with the artwork, as it constantly changes with,  and reflects their movement.

Audrey Frank Anastasi 

01Jesus-Condemned

Jesus is Condemned

02-Jesus-takes-Cross

Jesus Takes Up The Cross

03-Jesus-First-Fall

Jesus Falls for the First Time

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Jesus Meets His Mother

05-Jesus-and-Simon

Simon Helps Jesus Carry the Cross

06-Jesus-and-Veronica

Jesus Meets Veronica

07-Jesus-Second-Fall

Jesus Falls For The Second Time

08-Jesus-Speaks

jesus Speak to the Women of Jerusalem

09-Jesus-Third-Fall

Jesus Falls For the Third Time

10-Jesus-Stripped-Garments

Jesus Is Stripped of His Garments

11-Jesus-Nailed-To-Cross

Jesus Is Nailed to the Cross

12-Jesus-Dies-on-Cross

Jesus Dies On the Cross

13-Jesus-Down-From-Cross

Jesus Is Taken Down from the Cross

14-Jusus-in-Tomb

Jesus Is Placed in the Tomb

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Installation at the Oratory Church of St. Boniface, Brooklyn NY. 2011

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Installation at the Oratory Church of St. Boniface, Brooklyn, NY. 2011

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Audrey Anastasi - The Stations of the Cross, acrylic on gold leaf canvas, 12”x12”

LINK to The Tablet:
Stations of the Cross: Non-Catholic Creates  Lenten Meditation At Brooklyn Oratory Church