Monday, 29 May 2017

Ascending into Disbelief

The Fool
oil pastels on canvas
24" x 24"

So He's gone.

Ascended right up to Heaven!

If the disciples were standing around thinking, "WTF"
I wouldn't blame them.

The Ascension has never worked for me either.

But what do you do with a being who is completely human AND completely divine after he has died and been resurrected? If he stays on earth either the Romans will keep crucifying him (tiresome) or his human body will age and he will die a second time (bummer for the new religion either way).

So He had to go somewhere.

But the image of heaven as a place in the sky doesn't work in the 21st century

and worse there's no archetype in the collective unconscious that that gives the Ascension real numinous-ity (the sense of a divine presence).


If I may borrow from Meatloaf, (or Mr. Loaf, as one CBC reporter called him):


I would believe anything but I won't believe that.


  1. I like this painting, Francie. Are you doing a series on the Major Arcana by any chance?

  2. What a great painting! And I'm with you on the words from Meatloaf. It just doesn't work for me either.