Triptych / 15” x 30” x 1.5" each / acrylic and ink on canvas
“The plowers plowed upon my back; they made long furrows.” Psalm 129 (ESV)
Furrows are the long narrow trenches made with a plow for planting seeds and this passage is a foreshadowing of Christ’s death where he was broken before He was crucified. (See John 19:1)
The visual gesture in this piece, moving left to right, represents a long “furrow.” It depicts Jesus’s life on Earth (at left), his death (at center) and resurrection (at right). Also note the downward gesture on the “resurrection” panel. It is the representation of the Holy Spirit coming to dwell among us on Earth — the gift God gave us once Jesus ascended. The colors purple and gold symbolize royalty.
The “furrows” on Christ’s back had to be made in order for the seed of salvation to be planted. Sometimes the soil in our life has to be furrowed and turned so a new thing can grow.