From a previous visit to upstate New York, I stumbled upon a taxidermied pheasant that was on display at a lodge. I soon learned that the unfortunate fowl was a prize from a barbaric hunting excursion. The stillness of the pheasant was haunting. I was reminded of Soutine's Still Life with a Pheasant which referenced the corpse of Christ laid out on a winding sheet.
In my reinterpretation of Soutine's work, I used florals to convey the gospel. I applied whole dried ranunculi to illustrate the disciplines gathered around 'Christ'. The bright red flowers loom over ominously, symbolic of the impending crucifixion.
Using thread and found media, I constructed passion flowers, so called by missionaries in Latin America, as a symbol of the death of Christ. Lastly, I painted white tulips symbolizing the notion of eternal life.