"The Universal Wound of Living a Finite Life of Incomplete Meanings"
The title is from a quote by Raymond Tallis: "Art is expressing one's universal wound - the wound of living a finite life of incomplete meanings". I first came across it at about the same time as I found this religious portrayal of The Crucifixion.
Its state of beautiful dereliction and the fact that it was for sale in a local junk shop spoke volumes.
Here depicted was a man universally suffering 'the wound' on our behalf - selling ready-made, prescribed answers to the meaning of life and a promise of pie in the sky and happily ever after in return for a lifelong commitment to follow him. These were mass produced by the church yet revered as sacred objects - "Christ Dies on the Cross", number twelve of fourteen depictions of the religious narrative The Stations of the Cross - a torturous extraction of obligation, dangerous, insidious and probably the greatest advert ever made by the world's first real multinational business.