Twenty-first Century Icons
Civil Rights Tree of Souls
The painting is composed as an icon, telling a holy story. As in an icon the main subject is in the center and below is a predella that relates the larger narrative of the story. The central section is enclosed in a mihrab, the place of an epiphany.
According to Jewish legend there is Tree of Souls in which reside unborn souls. When it is time for them to fulfill their task on earth, an angel awakens them. A Hindu angel awaits on the upper right and an African angel on the upper left