Introducing Jesus of Nazareth

"It is finished."

Jesus of Nazareth 2015.  43" x 39". #6 cut on linen. Designed, dyed and hooked by April D. DeConick.  Red Jack Rugs 8-value Packs used include 159: Briar Rose, 142: Sea Shells, 120: Black Cherry, 146: Black Orchid, 124: Rose of Sharon, 148: Tanglewood, 114: Faune Brown, 118: Silver Birch, 151: Fruited Raisin, 135: Crab Apple, 112: Rowan Raspberry, 134: Pink Iris, 117: Wilde Wood, 119: Hubbard Fig.

Jesus of Nazareth 2015.  43" x 39". #6 cut on linen. Designed, dyed and hooked by April D. DeConick.  Red Jack Rugs 8-value Packs used include 159: Briar Rose, 142: Sea Shells, 120: Black Cherry, 146: Black Orchid, 124: Rose of Sharon, 148: Tanglewood, 114: Faune Brown, 118: Silver Birch, 151: Fruited Raisin, 135: Crab Apple, 112: Rowan Raspberry, 134: Pink Iris, 117: Wilde Wood, 119: Hubbard Fig.

Copyright acknowledgement: BP8MEM AF archive/Alamy

Copyright acknowledgement: BP8MEM AF archive/Alamy

My rug, Jesus of Nazareth, was inspired by the famous crucifixion scene in the 1977 film where Jesus, portrayed by Robert Powell, suffers the crown of thorns.  I was deeply affected by this movie as a young woman, and this image of Jesus will always be Jesus to me.  I choose this portrait to compliment the rug Mary Magdalene that I hooked two years ago.  It will hang on the wall of my office next to Mary.

This rug is different because it is an inch mat.  I wanted to hook the most traditional rug possible, while breaking open its form so that something new happened with the inch mat.  Using a pixelated map I created as my guide, I hooked each inch by its value (the lightest or darkness of the color) with no regard for the color.  Each inch square, in fact, contains at least two different colors in the same value.

My goal was to create a rug that ought to be viewed in person, because where you stand in proximity to the rug makes a difference in terms of what you actually see.  The closer you get to the rug, the more you see squares of color.  The farther away you stand from the rug (the broader view you have) the clearer your focus becomes, and you are able to see Jesus' face.  There is a lesson here for me as a professor of early Christianity, that standing at a distance brings Jesus into better focus.

I used a large number of colors in this rug, including 8-values of each: 159: Briar Rose, 142: Sea Shells, 120: Black Cherry, 146: Black Orchid, 124: Rose of Sharon, 148: Tanglewood, 114: Faune Brown, 118: Silver Birch, 151: Fruited Raisin, 135: Crab Apple, 112: Rowan Raspberry, 134: Pink Iris, 119: Hubbard Fig, 117: Wilde Wood.

The stats.  In total there are 1677 squares of 14 colors in 112 values.