Via Crucis

is a touring exhibition, made up of 14 new images for the Stations of the Cross. They are on paper and use mixed media, which includes charcoal, metal leaf, ink and pastel.

The 14 stations are part of the Lenten catholic tradition, originating in medieval Europe when wars made pilgrimage to the Holy Land too hazardous to undertake. Each station is usually located around the inside walls of a church. Through these images people could follow the final events of Jesusí life as he goes to the place of his crucifixion and death. They are intended as stopping places for contemplation, reflection and prayer.

The Stations of the Cross were part of the iconography of my childhood, and as an adult and visual artist I found I wished to explore this heritage.

While doing my initial research, I came across the Scriptural Stations, first introduced by Pope John Paul II in 1995. They follow the gospel accounts of the Passion, whereas the traditional Stations emphasise the suffering path of Jesus. As much as possible, I wished to keep away from depicting the human form, and found the medieval Arma Christi imagery, which uses the objects and tools associated with the story of the Passion, an invaluable source of reference.

I see the stations as analogous to the creative path. The journey of the sacrificial king who who through his death brings forth new life, a concept found in religions and myths.

Bath Abbey: The Stations of the Cross: Journey to Easter   28 February - 15th April (the originals)

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Peterborough Cathedral: Via Crucis - A Lenten Exhibition  27 Feb - 19 April (prints)

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St Bartholomew Church, Wick, South Gloucestershire: Via Crucis: 27th March - 15th April (prints)

Dates for 2018

Worcester Cathedral  4th January - 12th February

Hereford Cathedral 14th February - 2nd March.