So this is my little Easter art project. After talking with my dear friend Anne, it’s probably the result of watching too many documentaries lately, but the idea actual came to me last week when on the same day I saw a Facebook ad for chocolate lambs to “win Easter back for Jesus” and chocolate crossesÂ next to the chocolate bunnies at the dollar store.
Now celebrate Easter for whatever reason you want, but being a Christian, I try to primarily remember Jesus’ giving of His life on the cross, as payment for my sins and the sins of the world. So when I see people intentionally trying to point people toward Jesus as the reason for Easter, and then try, in the same blow to sell candy that they feel is in some way more righteous than other “non-Christian candy” I really just don’t get it.
In the end I don’t think it is really a religious issue for me so much as it is an issue of frustration with commercialism, however I don’t really think Jesus takes great pleasure in us eating milk chocolate crucifixes when I really think about it.
Oddly, as I was going though my images tonight I saw this Walmart ad for the first time, which I felt conveyed the very same thing I was trying to say in my image….only they were using it to sell Easter stuff, which was just ironic to say the least.
I won’t say anything else about it other than there were a lot of people watching us in Lithia park this afternoon, wondering why we had a million eggs for two kids, why they weren’t hidden well, why I had a 70″ softbox at an Easter egg hunt, why I was photographing unhappy children, how long I have lived in Ashland, if I had a business card, if this was a commercial job and one lady told me in Spanish that it was too cold for Autumn to be without a sweater. Happy Easter. 🙂