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Luke's story of the Prodigal Son,and the Forgiving Father, has always moved me deeply. I created several versions of the father and son in positions of giving and receiving forgiveness before I placed them on the cross. At first, two figures on the cross startled me. I let them stay, however, and over time the study became a sculpture. In this sculpture, the cross becomes an explicit symbol of forgiveness, containing the asking of forgiveness and the receiving of forgiveness. As a parent, however, I know that I, too, must ask for the forgiveness of my children, so I think of this father (perhaps mother) asking forgiveness from his son (perhaps daughter) also. Both know the pain of deep family wounds whose effects carry over time and whose source is usually not as clear as either person would wish. Both now find understanding and reconciliation through the cross. Who really was prodigal? Who the forgiven? The answer for me is both.
I placed this image on a Celtic cross. The circle adds a new dimension to this image, giving a shape to this non-linear interpretation of forgiveness.
I intended to make the gender identity of the figures ambiguous. While the Gospel story contains a father and son, on this sculpture I wanted to include women who may be giving and receiving forgiveness. It involves the whole human race, who too easily wound each other, but who can find radical and transcendent acceptance through the power of the cross. We are welcomed home.
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