Moses and the Serpent

32.00"W x 24.00"H x 1.5"D

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Sarah Tenney


Medium: Painting

Subject Tags: hunt, abstract, drama, panel, acrylic, fight, confrontation, animals, off-white, orange, beige, morality tale, fable, christian, biblical, narrative, dramatic, docotor, snake, fox, bible

Media: acrylic on hardwood panel

Size: 32"W x 24"H x 1.5"D

Year Created: 2013

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This piece is from "Morality Tales," a series in which I took some favorite Bible narratives from my youth and viewed them through the lens of fable. Portraying these familiar characters as animals gave me a platform to depict traits and emotions not revealed in the text of the stories. During this process of exploring these characters I often found myself sympathizing with their humanity, whereas when I was a child their doubting, questioning, and other “weaknesses” were unsavory and undesirable characteristics.

Here I've taken a story of Moses as he led the Israelites in the wilderness: "So Moses made a snake out of bronze and attached it to a pole. Then anyone who was bitten by a snake could look at the bronze snake and be healed." This story foreshadows Jesus on the cross and also shows an emblem used by modern medicine (snake on a pole). In my exploration of this story, I wondered about the depiction of Moses and if his humility was a facade for a more cunning character. Regardless, this story fascinates me and holds a special place in my heart.

Sarah Tenney is a lifelong creator whose forte is painting. Since earning a BFA she has shown her work a few dozen times and has collectors across the US, Canada and Australia.

 Sarah enjoys animals, children's literature and laughing with her witty husband. They live in Denver with their two precocious little boys and a pair of personable cats.

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