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Kathy T. Hettinga

Widowed at a young age, I found comfort in the cemeteries in the San Luis Valley where I grew up. I found that the historic Christian images, from simple crosses to figures in niches, were able to contain the profound content of life and death and faith in a tangible physical form. These grave images present the abstract, the intangible, the invisible in a physical form that comforts and speaks to us even now. (Hettinga, "Grave Images: A Faith Visualized in a Technological Age" in Virtual Morality: Morals, Ethics, and New Media, edited by Mark Wolf, pg. 237)

The gray adobe color of this concrete cruciform shape blends into the mountain desert landscape and at once speaks to us of belonging in place and unashamedly of the passing of time, reminding us of our own temporality.

Kathy Hettinga

email: hettinga@messiah.edu



Concrete Cross,
La Garita, Colorado

digital image, 2004


White Cross/Embedded Red Marble, detail,
La Garita, Colorado

digital image, 2004

Concrete Cross,
Colombia, South America

digital image, 2003



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