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Altar Boys
Mea Culpa
Mea Culpa
Mea Culpa
(30" x 12" x 14")
Mea Culpa
Mea Culpa (back view)
Mea Culpa
Mea Culpa (close up)
Mea Culpa is Latin for "through my fault." It is part of Catholic Mass. It is said by the priest and the congregation together, in atonement for their sins. With my piece the young alter boy is looking for forgiveness for something that has happened to him, that he knows is wrong. Perhaps he blames himself for the abuse inflicted on him, as is common with young children. He wears a bishop's hat. It symbolizes the real sinners.

Nuala was recenty honored to receive a poem by Sue Kinsella, from Dublin Ireland. Here is the poem:


Another Exhibition
- inspired by the work of sculptor Nuala Creed


Remember,
The gallery, the one in the park
Ceramics
All polite forms?

Remember,
The exhibit, in the top left corner
Statues, moulded
Tacky, rough?

Remember,
The gun toting child, black with the Jesus Christ bib
And the altar boy at prayer, kneeling
He wore no underwear?

Remember,
Life size, too close
How we wrinkled our noses
Turned away?

Remember,
How we cried.



Penance
Penance
(21.5" x 11" x 9.5")
Penance
Here the alter boy is giving his version of penance. Though defecating into the bishop's hat may be a sin, it pales in comparison to the mortal sins he has endured. This act of contrition empowers the child.


Pontificating
Pontificating
Pontificating (front view)
(15.0" high)
Pontificating
(3/4 view)


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