Silver upon silver

Mako Fujimura’s comments on this piece entitled Mercy Seat:

Mercy Seat (Makoto Fujimura)

” . . . Mercy Seat is made up of two layers of silver.  The under layer is intentionally oxidized and tarnished, so it is turning black.  The layer on top is untarnished silver.  Both of these layers are tarnishing but at different speeds.  The two layers create a tension in time. Because silver symbolizes death and beauty, beauty in death, I am always conscious of the 30 pieces of silver for which Christ was betrayed.  There is also a redemptive story about Jeremiah buying a field for 30 pieces of silver.  This was a Messianic prophecy about the sacrifice and mercy of God.  Silver has this unusual and rich layering of meaning.  This gives you that glimpse into our own hearts.  Because our hearts are so black, without God’s mercy.” (from James Romaine, Objects of Grace)

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