“In the Garden of Gethsemane”
“My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”
Going a little farther, he fell with on face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”Mathew 26:38-39
I’ve heard that few moments before sunrise is when the night comes to its darkest hour. In this piece I applied Prussian dark blue with sparkles of ultramarine that receive an azurite blue and all of these contain a portion of pulverized Pearl that give a refractive effect showing us a dark night, but lightened at the same time. This symbolizes the obedience reigning in the midst of sadness, which later on would become a triumph over darkness and death.
The Body of Jesus was manifesting a spiritual experience. He sweated drops of blood, a phenomenon between the natural and the supernatural. His passion and obedience exceeded the consequences. That night at the Gethsemane the Son asked the Father three times to take, if possible, that cup from Him, but do according to His will. What brought most sadness to His soul was to know that He would be separated from His Father for a while at the time of the crucifixion.
His redemptive work would start at sunrise.
This work was part of the exhibition “The Stations of the Cross” in New Jersey, curated by Gerda Liebmann.