Carrie Ann Baade
Exhibition: June 13 - July 4, 2009
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 13th, 7-10 pm

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The Supposedly Shared Sorrow of Magdalene and the Crocodile
9" x 12" (16"x 19" framed)
Oil on panel

This is one of my favorites from the series. The eye on the crocodile is from a painting of Christ, Our Man of Sorrow.
And the eyes on Magdalene are from Our Lady of Sorrow, belonging to Mary. I fear this crocodile has a duplicitous nature. I suspect he, at times, really wishes the crying Magdalene well and enjoys the physical contact her sorrow has allowed him. However his tears are borrowed... he IS a crocodile and eventually one can only anticipate that he will indeed devour her. It is true that Mary Magdalene was a redeemable person only in the eyes of Jesus Christ, yet it is the idea that one must be on one's guard in times of vulnerability. There are those that will seek to gain intimacy for their own purpose, which may turn out to have a detrimental hidden agenda.