Noli Me Tangere
4” x 3 ½ ”
colored pencil, rhinestones, brass, velvet, wood case
In the New Testament Gospels, Christ first saw Mary Magdalene after His resurrection. He uttered, “Noli Me Tangere,” Latin for “Touch Me Not.” His body existed in a symbolic realm between life and death. Here, I have drawn an analogy between Christ’s story and the story of a dying, AIDS-stricken man. This work was first displayed inside “Refuge,” as well, and is now in The Detroit Institute of Arts’ collection.