Personal projects, that are not driven by commerce, help creatives, like myself, develop new muscles, louder voices and a more grace-driven worldview. For centuries, Christian spirituality and stories were the primary subject of artists, and now it has less of a voice in our culture. I believe this is a major missed opportunity to offer hope to a broken world. As someone who is being radically transformed by Jesus, it's important to me that I periodically contribute to this dialog.  These projects have been displayed in various capacities at Imago Dei Community in Portland, OR. Each of these art projects has helped me learn more about Jesus and see deeper into myself.

Resurrection Ltd.

 

Artist Statement:

There’s complexity to the story of Christ’s resurrection. Each of these pieces reflect on small, human moments of this devine story. They offer a different thought in regards to our plight and Christ’s plan to create relationship with us and through us. Each member of our family contributed to the creation of this work:

Aaron James, Korinne James, Kaeleigh James, Isaac James & Lucia James


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"Effect Inc." 24" x 24" wood and fiber
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"Thirteen Plus" 24" x 24" wood and fiber
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"Gethsemane Sleep Club" 24" x 24" wood and fiber
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"Identified" 24" x 24" wood and fiber
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"Dead Drop" 24" x 24" wood and fiber
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"Misty Snaps" 48" x 48" wood and fiber

The Last Words of Christ

By Aaron James

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"Father, forgive them, for they don't know what they're doing."
with_me
"I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise."
Dear Woman, here is your son.
"Dear woman, here is your son."
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"My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"
thirsty
"I am thirsty."
finished
"It is finished."
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"Father, into your hands I commit my spirit."

Holy Week 2020

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"Good Friday" by Aaron James ©2020
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"Easter" by Aaron James ©2020

Image of Man


“There’s an unhelpful assumption here... that sin is an essential part of being human. This is backward: sin attacks and degrades our humanity. It makes us less human, not more... Jesus doesn’t use a superhuman advantage to win; he refuses the inhumanity we all participate in... His incorruptible will makes him not less human, but more. Jesus is true humanity.”

Joshua Ryan Butler
From THE PURSUING GOD

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