Slate and fabric tapestry
‘…the earth will reveal her bloodshed
And will no longer cover her slain.’ Isaiah 26:21
These stones tell a story that is often lost in the passiontide. Matthew 26:52 briefly mentions that as the veil in the temple was torn, ‘The tombs broke open, and the bodies of many saints who had fallen asleep arose.’ As the earth quaked before the death of God, the sealed graves of men and women who had known and followed Christ (they were known by those that saw them in the city), burst asunder. These eight slates, representing the coming eighth day of the new creation, reflect on the view of these saints from inside their tombs. The cracks of light pierce through the stone just as Jesus had pierced through their hearts to bring himself, the Light of the world. What did they see in that moment? Pain and fear at the wounded earth or relief and wonder at the world beyond their eggshell? Probably a little bit of both. Photo Credit: Ieva Marija Photography.
Olivia Mayoros is an artist and art historian working in Michigan, USA. She holds a master’s degree in the History of Photography from St Andrews in Scotland and runs her own photographic tour program in addition to her arts practise. She and her husband are happily building their home in Ypsilanti, MI into a micro flower farm for neighbors and friends to enjoy.