GIFT OF LIFE
Jesus calls to his Friend, Lazarus, to Come Out of the Tomb
"Every life is sacred, every human person is
endowed with an inalienable dignity, and society can only benefit
from the rehabilitation of those convicted of crimes."
- Pope Francis, Speech given to the United States Congress, Sept. 24, 2015
GIFT OF LIFE is based on the Raising of Lazarus from the Tomb, and the unbinding of his wrappings. The story of Lazarus is of resurrection and coming to life. We need to help others come out of the tombs of greed and hatred. While only God can give life, humans are brought back to life when they can find a way to take away the stone of the tombs that lock them in. We need to come out of the tombs of our boundaries and limitations, which allow much harm to our society and planet.
Prison systems in the US today are dysfunctional. Prisoners returning to society are not rehabilitated. They start to recreate their lives at a disadvantage. There have been 151 people who have been released from death row since 1973 because of wrongful convictions. I wonder how many more should have been exonerated because of inadequate legal representation. We too must break the death bindings of fear and hostility that hold us back in accepting others, seek to forgive, and see life anew.
The GIFT Triptych Print An Order Form
Each artwork is numbered,
signed and dated in pencil
by John August Swanson
Completed: October 23, 2017
13" x 10 ¾"
17½" x 15 ¾"
Edition Size: 100 Prints
Somerset Enhanced 330 GSM
(Archival 100% Cotton-Rag Paper)
Media: Giclee Fine Art Print
$200 - each
or $500 - set of three