Jennifer Thoreson, Multidisciplinary Artist

We called this space the mud room.  It is adjacent to the kitchen through one doorway and the garage through another, and has a door leading to the back yard.  Here, I installed a twin bed covered in a freshly dyed red blanket.  Hovering over the bed is a sculpture of 33 cast rubber fish tied up with red wool yarn.  To create them, I painted liquid latex over wooden fish molds and peeled the rubber off gently, inverting the shape and creating a hollow rubber form

The fish became a symbol for Christianity in the early days of the post-apostolic church and is still used today, particularly in the United States.  The initial letters of each word in the Greek phrase "Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior" form the word ICHTHUS, which means "fish." Fish are also present in several of Jesus’ most known miracles.  In the Matthew 14, two fish and five loaves of bread are broken to feed a crowd of five thousand.  In John 21, Jesus appears to His disciples who are fishing on the Sea of Galilee, and a miraculous hoard of fish are caught in their net.  In Matthew 4:19 Jesus says  “Come, follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men."