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In the Kingdom of the Blind

"In the Kingdom of the Blind" is copyright  2002 by James G. Mundie. All rights reserved.  Reproduction prohibited.

woodcut, 7 x 9 inches, 2002

I created "In the Kingdom of the Blind" for a show curated by Gregory Robison in Edinburgh, Scotland. The title of the exhibition was Text Messages, with all of the works in the show based upon a verse from the the Four Gospels of the New Testament. I chose for my passage John 9:41, in which Christ says to the Pharisees, "If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, we see; therefore your sin remaineth."

The verse got me thinking about the nature of belief, and my own natural instinct to question authority whether religious or political. I've always been rather ambivalent about religious matters in particular, so this spoke to me. The verse also reminded me of the old proverb, "In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king." One might also read this as a counterpoint to another dictum, "ignorance is bliss." Rather than remain blind, I always want to peek.

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