:: 2012 :: 50cm x 50cm :: Acrylics, Inks, Markers and UV Lacquer on Canvas ::
The Wedding At Cana miracle in the Gospel of John is one of the more enigmatic episodes in the life of Jesus. Some have argued that the image of Mary acting as Mistress of Ceremonies suggests an ancient rite of a goddess, or that Jesus himself was the one being married. But in the traditional account, what strikes me the most is Jesus' initial refusal of the call to divinity - Woman, I am not yet ready - but upon the insistence, or perhaps initiation, of his mother, he nonetheless performs the miracle, a feat that many believe to have been literally true and real.
However, there is another interpretation here, that many of Jesus' miracles were in fact living allegories, enacted parables, the subtlety and play-acted nature of which were lost on the literalist and monotonous minds of later generations. Jesus here is, I believe, teaching on the message of Love, drinking the water and enoying it with relish as if it was wine because marriage in the bonds of love is the magic - the sweet wine - that turns the water of daily life into the intoxicating liquor of a life shared with another, deeply and intimately connected. For me, this is the message of the parable at Cana.
And so we see here in the daylight image Mary calling upon Jesus her son to perform the miracle, or indeed perform the parable, his shyness is evident in the celebratory atmosphere of the wedding. In the UV image, the miracle is performed however, and the wine amphorae are overflowing with wine symbolic of the magic of love. Note that in both images, the hands of the bride and groom remain connected to the wine goblet, and the presence of the Shekhinah - symbolised by the Hebrew letter shin in the UV image - informs the scene with transcendent spirituality.
The Greek text on the daylight image reads 'From out of them will flowing Living Water' from the Gospel of John, again emblematic of the vitalising Principle of Love. The Hrebew text is the opening lines of the Song of Solomon: 'Kiss me with your moth, for your Love is sweeter than wine!'
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