As a life-long student of the mystical, the strange, the absurd, the obscene, and the occult, one topic that fascinates me more than most has been representations of divinity, and the challenges surrounding these representations. A gay man, Michelangelo, painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Madonna adored a black Jesus in the “Like a Prayer” music video. Andres Serrano photographed a crucifix submerged in his own urine. These pieces, and many others like them, serve to challenge us as a society. Matters of religion and spirituality are very complex, and so deserve deep contemplation, not knee-jerk reactions. It is my hope that we, as a society, begin to engage these complex topics once more, and choose to embrace ambiguity. After all, a variation on the quote above could be “be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it.” And I hope that we haven't become a society that can only accept contentment as getting everything that we wish for. Haven't the folktales of our past shown us how that usually turns out?