Two Saturdays ago we went to the Art Gallery of Ontario for the excellent exhibit of the work of artists Freda Kahlo and Diego Rivera. They were married to each other -twice!- and had a complicated and often conflicted relationship.
While at the AGO we went to another exhibit by another artist we didn't know, Evan Penny. Penny was formerly a prosthetics wizard in the film industry and now creates large, three-dimensional images of humans which are mind-blowing. They are exceptionally "real" even though they are often stretched and distorted. To stand in front of one of the images is disorienting because of the scale and distortion. The "do no adjust your set" quality invites the viewer to consider what we are actually seeing when we look at others, or whether we actually truly see them.
In the gospels Jesus sees and hears persons who are no longer visible or audible in that culture because of physical and mental illness, or gender, or caste. He is radical in his willingess to touch them and share meals with them. The stories are there to stretch our perceptions of compassion and faith beyond conventions.
Have you heard of Evan Penny? Are you intrigued? What about Jesus as "artist" who calls us to new perceptions of those around us? http://groundlingearthyheavenly.blogspot.ca/2012/11/tom-tomson-and-group-of-seven.html