Images of Christ: Jesus Christ the Apple Tree

Rowena Loverance discusses an artwork in the heart of rural England

A close-up of ‘The Flowering Tree’ by Roger Wagner. | Photo: Permission given by the vicar and churchwardens of Iffley Church.

When I started this series, I knew it would probably be as much about me as Jesus. By the third month it was beginning to dawn on me that it was probably not by coincidence that this idea had come to me this particular year. As we struggle with the painful business of trying to understand what we, and our fellow citizens, understand by ‘Britain’, it becomes ever more apparent that in choosing how to represent Jesus, British artists have had to reflect as much on their idea of Britain as on their idea of God.

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