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1998/7/5 nondream mixed-media sculpture 17" tall (16x22" backing board added 2009) by Chris Wayan.

I joined a gym. One day I saw a girl pulling herself up on that chinup machine that boosts you a bit... but unlike most people who use it, she faced outwards.

apparently crucified girl raising herself up off the cross. Sculpture by Wayan. Click to enlarge.
She looked wildly sexual, arching her back and thrusting her breasts out as she struggled to rise with all her strength... AND she looked... well... crucified.

Crucified by self-improvement.

Girl on a cross that says RAISE YOURSELF--left view. Sculpture by Wayan.
I don't know if that's bad exactly.

I do it too.

Front view, girl on a cross that says RAISE YOURSELF! Sculpture by Wayan. Click to enlarge.
It seems better than waiting to BE raised by some daddy in the sky, as in Judeo-Christian-Islam.
Negative, solarized image of girl on a cross raising herself
Quit praying--and raise your own damn self.
Icon of of a girl on a cross raising herself, on an arched Romanesque backing board, dark except for a halo. Sculpture by Wayan. Click to enlarge.

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