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"Altar"    acrylic painting by collaborative artists Ira and Corliss Lesser    1999    72in x 76in    183cm x 193cm

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Artist's comments on this painting


In Genesis, God demands that Abraham sacrifice what he loves most, his son.  How many are forced to make hard decisions or turn over their lives on a principle of faith? 

     In this picture we have used a gender reversal, Isaac is a female principle, the eye is God, super-ego, or the conscience.  In my life I have always talked to "myself", I have always felt watched from without, is this a universal human trait?   If a tree falls in the forest and it is not heard, has it happened?  Do we exist with out this internal running dialogue?

              Ira Lesser