White Mass
Jennifer Thoreson, Photographer
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Testament

White Mass

From the series Testament, 16”x20”, Pigment Ink on Fiber Rag, 2014

For the white mass in this photograph, I formed hundreds of flat white discs from white porcelain clay, and dusted them in ashes. The forms resemble communion wafers, which point to the temporary human body, death, and resurrection. I was particularly interested in using clay as a material, to reference Isaiah 64:8 in the Bible: But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.