Crosses

This group of crosses began with the observation that for all of their cultural presence, crosses are nearly invisible and bereft of meaning symbolically. They are, as Walker Percy once observed about our understanding of religious words, something like “…coins worn thin by usage and so devalued”. He went on to say that the work of the novelist was to “…use every ounce of his skill, cunning, humor, even irony to deliver religion from the merely edifying.” Something parallel to this is necessary for an artist who seeks to make a culturally dead form live again.

Early crosses here were made with the idea of being in church settings, but that idea ultimately limited potential to develop both the symbolic and artistic aspects of the cross. More recent crosses have often been made for individuals. The series of Salt Lick crosses, which are formed by cows licking salt blocks, have been popular, as have crosses employing broken tablets.