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Dec 17, 2017

Jesus Is My Spouse

I shiver, curled in one corner of our bed
"Penetration", graphite, by Tim Holmes
Yet another unyielding night alone
Dreaming of his dank-warm body,
his tender caresses that fired my blood,
     filling me with the light of salvation,
     now some distant recollection.

Every need must feel harsh as mine!
How many lepers would I condemn,
How many tax collectors fall
Were I to request a night of him?
I could've loved a fishmonger
    Who'd deign to share my smelly bed
    My Lord, must you so test my faith?

I heard Mary had asked for you, they say
You answered, Who is my mother?
See, I dare not lift my head in plea!
I prefer this stoic silence to such death
That, night upon frigid night,
     Lies across my trembling flesh
     So intimately I'm called his wife!

I wonder how soon I'll starve
Here in the stark, long shadow
Of the most loving man in time.

-Tim Holmes

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I'm a sculptor/filmmaker living in Montana, USA. I am using art to move the evolution of humanity forward into an increasingly responsive, inclusive and interactive culture. As globalization flattens peoples into a capitalist monoculture I hope to use my art to celebrate historical cultural differences and imagine how we can co-create a rich future together.

I see myself as an artist/philosopher laboring deep in the mines of joy. I've had a good long career of exhibiting work around the world and working on international outreach projects, most notably being the first American to be invited to present a one-person exhibit in the Hermitage Museum. Recently I have turned my attention from simply making metal sculpture to creating films and workshops for engaging communities directly, tinkering with the very ideas and mechanisms behind cultural transformation. I feel that as we face tragic world crises, if the human species favors our imaginative and creative capacities we can cultivate a rich world to enjoy.

For me the deepest satisfaction in making art comes in engaging people's real life concerns rather than providing simple entertainment or decoration. Areas of conflict or tension are particularly ripe for the kind of transformative power that art uniquely carries. I invite any kind of challenge that serves people on a deep level.