Truro Cathedral has welcomed the work of Helston artist Zoe Cameron for the second year , after her fresh and personal interpretation of the traditional Stations of the Cross was much admired last year in the run up to Easter.
Two years in gestation, this set of ten paintings were designed and created to fit snugly within the stone arches of the small All Saints Chapel, behind the High Altar. They depict the last hours of Jesus's life from the Garden of Gethsemane to his Crucifixition and Resurrection.
Zoe has used elements in her paintings that are both modern and traditional giving the 2000-year-old story a sense of timelessness and significance.
She said: “I didn't want set the story in any specific time, instead I wanted to represent Jesus' suffering as symbolic of universal suffering."
She used friends and family as models for the paintings, to enhance the sense of reality and bring a quirky personal vision to the telling of the story.
The Dean of Truro, The Very Revd Roger Bush, said: "Zoe's engagement with the Stations of the Cross is imaginative and challenging.
"Imaginative because she has approached the subject with an artist's perspective, and challenging because the imagery she conveys presents the subject in a context that is not immediately familiar or safe. Instead she has succeeded in making the Stations more universal, more timeless.
"As separate works, each has its own message to convey, but threaded together by the architecture of All Saints Chapel they have a unity which makes their overall effect powerful and refreshing. Zoe makes us see something familiar with fresh eyes and I am very grateful to her."
A small publication, linking illustrations of the paintings, Bible references, prayers and ancient poems, has been put together by Zoe and Canon Philip Lambert. Entitled The Stations of the Cross, it is available at the exhibition for a small donation.
Stations of the Cross is in the All Saints Chapel of Truro Cathedral until April 22.