Go ahead! Throw the first stone!

Maree Clarkson

Tarlton, South Africa

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Watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm
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Sin is a very liberating thing. It’s a shame we have forgotten it. Just think what might not have happened in the world if we had had a little more respect for personal sins, a little more knowledge of our own, a little less condemnation of everyone else’s. We may have been spared the shame of the stocks in Boston, the Magdalene laundries in Ireland, the penal colonies in Georgia, the back-alley births of so many children of single mothers, the front-page pictures of professional people found drunk in public and, in our own day, the Web pages of sleazy private information released to justify the impeachment of a president.

We love making sinners “stand in front of us.” In public. How else can their sins take attention away from our own?

It isn’t, of course, that there’s no place for accountability. It’s just that there’s no place for condemnation once we face our own sins. The problem is simply that there’s no place for stoning if we are the ones supposed to be pure enough to do it.

Alma’s review : "In the painting they have their backs to the world, hiding their own shame behind a mask of condemnation.


26th October 2010 – FEATURED in “Live, Love, Dream”
7th November 2010 – FEATURED in “Inspired Art”
14th October 2011 – FEATURED in “Image Writing”
16th October 2011 – FEATURED in “C.O.R.E.”
17th October 2011 – FEATURED in “Artists Universe”
21st October 2012 – FEATURED in “Women Painters”
21st October 2012 – FEATURED in “Feminine Intent”
October 2012 – FEATURED by RB in “EXPLORE”
10th March 2015 – FEATURED in “Everyday Women”
10th March 2016 – FEATURED in “If it doesn’t Belong”
20th March 2016 – FEATURED in “Artistry Group”
25th March 2016 – FEATURED in “From the Heart”

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