Lenten Art at Pasadena Mennonite Church

I’m honored to have a series of prints I made in 2013-2014 being used as part of the Lenten services at Pasadena Mennonite Church. I made this series of aerial views of sites of incarceration as a Lenten reflection, a Stations of the Cross that asks us to consider the suffering of human beings in this system. I was inspired to make this after meeting many people whose lives were touched by the jail and prison system, and other forms of violence of many kinds, during times visiting the LA Catholic Worker soup kitchen on Skid Row. Some of the stations reflect particular events that were in the news at the time, and others reflect sites that have been infamous for a long time. The traditional stations of the cross depict the sufferings of Christ during the process of the crucifixion, a deadly interaction with the carceral system. The world is full of many kinds of suffering- ecological, victims of crime and violence, racism and gender-based violence, poverty, interactions with crushing state systems. Lent is a time to reflect and mourn, and think about justice and action.


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