My sculptures seek to be an honest portrayal of my vulnerability, fragility and faith.
Too often Jesus is presented as the panacea for all things difficult in life, as if becoming a follower of Him suddenly inoculates from hard times.
I hope that my land art will show something of following Christ not as trouble-free and easy, to pretend it is denies a central feature of faith, but rather as a journey where difficult times can mould us.
It is a mystery that hard situations in life have the ability to shape our characters. There have been times in my life when I have felt like I could topple over, fall, crumble or just give in.
Paradoxically I have had a rock like faith and know that Jesus doesn’t let go of me and has always been there to help me.
James, in the bible, writes: ‘consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.
…for the joy of the LORD is your strength. Nehemiah 8.10
I laughed out loud after I had made this sculpture. It really is a mystery how the round stones managed to balance and not simply roll off each other and topple off. I love it how, I believe, God gives me joy in the very simple things of life like balancing some round rocks on top of each other!