Ash Wednesday is a day to stare death in the face, to acknowledge our mortality. All of us will die. Christians who observe this holiday get ashes “imposed” on their foreheads, while a minister says, “You have come from dust, and to dust you will return.” It is a Christian holiday (holy day) that is not a biblical requirement (just like Christmas and Easter, which are not commanded in Scripture). Nevertheless, it has been honored by Christians for well over ten centuries, falling at the beginning of Lent, a six-week season of preparation for Easter. This sign of the cross hinted at the good news yet to come through its shape. Ash Wednesday is not some dour, depressing holy day because it symbolically anticipates Good Friday and Easter.
I started with fake grass, .....then I added the fake sugar packet in the top right corner, (I liked the name 'Equal' as well).....then I added the body and I put in Kanye's face, .....then I added the justice scales intertwined in his left hand, (with Grammy's on each scale) .....then I added the coveted microphone in the other hand, .....THEN!!!.... I added the giant fake orange Christmas tree (read: phallic symbol) reaching his lips, as if to Shhhhh everyone with his giant 'gift' for all to celebrate,..... then I added the square over one eye, justice is supposed to be blind, but not in this case, ...I then added an anonymous handwritten note stating "I Want You To Find Total Healing," (I thought that was funny for some reason) ....Lastly I overlayed the fake sugar Nutrisweet logo 'swirl' to finish it off. I like the holy feel to this satirical piece. I was going to call it "Art Official" all along, but then once finished, I looked at it and said to myself... "JUST US"