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    KIM DOUGLAS WIGGINS (American b.1960)
    Jacob's Ladder, 1999
    Oil on canvas
    30 x 24 inches
    Signed and dated lower right

    Deeply religious himself, Kim Wiggins relies on the tradition of New Mexico folk artists called Santeros for the imagery in this painting. The early Franciscan missionaries of Santa Fe taught two forms of saint-making - retablos and bultos - to the local natives. More than all other saints or subjects, the crucifixion most interested the Santeros. It is said that when the Santeros actually nailed their Cristo to the carved cross - when they painted the wounds and laid the flowing blood on His body - each in his own way re-experienced the passion of Jesus. The Cristo's are often carved with traumatic realism. One Santero tried to explain, "We want only to say that Jesus was a man who suffered deeply and gave up his life. The pretty crucifixes in some of the churches do not grab the eye. They do not melt the heart."



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