No Light on the Crosses

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    Photo: Ron Lee/The Silver Factory:
Wood, metal fencing, headlight, ceramic lamp, electrical cords, ice cream scooper, metal drain cover, wire, drill bit, rope, drum head
83 x 43 x 23 inches
Collection of
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Museum purchase and gift of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation

"Today is not the same as yesterday. The trials and the tribulations of today are harder than yesterday. It seems like the wire, the protective fence itself, kind of keeps everything well balanced. There are big crosses, little crosses, crosses that support and that hold the fence together. The fence can easily indicate 'being behind it' and 'locked up.' Prisoners are locked behind a fence. When we wear a cross, or when we show a cross, we try to show that something is going on spiritually with us, that we remember the crucifix, remember the struggle that went about on the cross, remember the death, remember the blood, remember the turmoil of the body being cracked and shifted and broken. And then, also, we remember the nails, remember the harsh pain, one human body having so much pain. How can we not see these crosses?" —Lonnie Holley