These images are part of my current project which focuses on Christ. They represent the major events that are important to Christians. Christ's resurrection- The Second Coming- And Being Crowned by Christ.

Study for the Second Coming
My first idea for the second coming was very complicated with heralds and angels announcing the coming of the Lord. As I considered it, I realized all of those other figures drew attention away from Christ. So I simplified the composition until the focus was just on Christ.

Second Coming
In this final version of the Second Coming, I wanted to create an Image of Christ coming out of the clouds. The clouds act as frame or doorway that defines the heavenly sphere and shows Christ's transition from heaven to earth.

Hold Me not
"Nolo me Tangere" has been a staple of Christian artists for centuries. It is based on the scripture in John 20:17. It is believed by many scholars today, that the phrase uttered by Christ to Mary, when she first sees him at the garden tomb, after his resurrection, has actually been mistranslated. The Greek word which has been interpreted as "Touch" is more accurately translated as "Hold" or "Keep". In this image I tried to convey Mary's joy and relief in the discovery that Christ lives.

Crowned by Christ
This is the final piece in the series. It is a literal interpretation of the promises made in the New Testament that those who are faithful will receive a crown of glory and become joint heirs with Christ.

Christ Themed Triptych

Here is the whole series together. It represents the three main event of Christianity. The first is the Resurrection, The second, is the Second Coming of Christ, and the last is the final reward. I know some may question why I did not represent Christ's birth or the Crucifixion. While those events are important It is his Atonement and Resurrection that fulfilled the promises made and give us hope for the promises yet to come. 

Why Funerary Art
The inspiration to create funerary sculptures came several years ago when I came across from the Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris France. The sculpture in this cemetery is amazing, but it was the Raspail Family tomb that caught my attention. It has a figure in a flowing, hooded, cloak standing next to the mausoleum. Her arm is raised and her hand clings to the edge of the window in a tomb. The figure personified someone who had lost a loved one and was just waiting around until they could be together again.

            As I looked at contemporary funerary art and spoke with those who had lost someone close. I realized that the sentiments shared in the sculptures I had seen is still common today.  But for some reason contemporary funeral markers lack the depth of feeling I saw in the markers at the Pere Lacaise.

            This was something I was drawn to, because I too had suffered a great loss. At the age of seventeen I lost my father and best friend, when my father decided to take his own life. I was the last person he spoke to, but there was so much more that needed to be said. After he died, I realized there was more I could have done to show my love and appreciations for him. Being unable to show that love or say those words made my father's passing particularly bitter. In the end it was my faith in Christ and in an afterlife where I would be reunited with my father that helped me through the loss.

            My current project focuses on my faith in Christ and deals with three major events that are important to Christians: The resurrection of Christ, His second coming, and receiving our eternal reward.

I chose relief sculpture as my means of expression because it is the language of cemeteries, tombs,  and other places where stories are told in stone.  But I also chose it because it has presence. When we encounter it, we do more than just view it, we share space with it.

            The loss of a loved one is such a personal experience while at the same time a shared one. No one can truly understand how I feel about the loss of my father, but everyone understands what it is loose someone. Just as everyone understands the hope of being reunited with them. So I try to create themes that large groups of viewers can relate to.

            In "Hold Me Not", I wanted the viewer to empathize with Mary. I tried to capture the essence of the joy she would have felt, not as one redeemed by Christ, but as one restored to a lost loved one.

            In creating these pieces, It is my hope that my sculptures will bring comfort and hope to those who view them.


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 Morgan ClementsUtah435-229-2401