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Detail from “Lady Justice” (2015) The torn letterpress text in this piece includes the following citations:

“a person is a person through other persons”
– Desmond Tutu, No Future Without Forgiveness

“things unknown but longed for still”
– Maya Angelou, Caged Bird

men die miserably every day
for lack
of what is found there.”
– William Carlos Williams, Asphodel, that Greeny Flower

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


“come celebrate with me that everyday something has tried to kill me and has failed.”
– Lucille Clifton, come celebrate with me

“The first is that God made it, the second is that God loveth it, the third, that God keepeth it.”
– Julian of Norwich

“thus in a storm of mindlessness did I lose the beacon of your ineffable grace glowing with your care,”
– St. Gregory of Narek, Prayer #5, Book of Lamentations

“How dare I raise my voice in appeal,
considering the wretchedness of my plight,
the anguish of my peril,
the shadow of my shame,
the darkness of my humiliation?”
– Gregory of Narek, Prayer #21, Book of Lamentations

“I who was broken, am restored,
who was wretched, am triumphant,
who was dissipated, am healed,
who was desperately outlawed, find hope,
who was condemned to death, find life,”
– Gregory of Narek, Prayer #11, Book of Lamentations

detail from "Lady Justice" (2015)

Kim Vanderheiden, detail from “Lady Justice” (2015)

“Sun of justice,
ray of blessings, form of light, cherished desire“
– Gregory of Narek, Prayer #95 Lamentations

“These fragments I have shored against my ruins”
– T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land

“The awful daring of a moment’s surrender
Which an age of prudence can never retract”
– T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land

“The Garden where all love ends”
– T.S. Eliot, Ash Wednesday

“letting go is love”
– Lucille Clifton, lesson of the falling leaves

“none of us can bear it; it is too heavy––
this tangled suffering of spurious love
which, building on convention like a habit,
calls itself just, and fattens on injustice.
Show me a man with the right to his possession.”
– Ranier Maria Rilke, Requiem for a Friend,  (translated by Stephen Mitchell)

“We need, in love, to practice only this:
letting each other go. For holding on
comes easily; we do not need to learn it.”
– Ranier Maria Rilke, Requiem for a Friend,  (translated by Stephen Mitchell)

detail from "Lady Justice" (2015)

Kim Vanderheiden, detail from “Lady Justice” (2015)

“I shall not submit to injustice from anyone.
I shall conquer untruth by truth.
And in resisting untruth, I shall put up with all suffering.”
– Mahatma Gandhi

“Fools add knots by the hundred to the tangled web of the world.”
– Lal Ded (Lalleshwari)

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right doing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.”
– Jalaluddin Rumi (translated by Coleman Barks)

detail from "Lady Justice" (2015)

Kim Vanderheiden, detail from “Lady Justice” (2015)

“The pot drips what is in it”
– Jalaluddin Rumi

“The world  breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places”
– Ernest Hemingway

“Nothing shall be paid or accepted for the issue of a writ of inquisition of life or limbs. It shall be given gratis, and not refused.”
– Magna Carta (ie. no serious punishment can be given without an official investigation. Precursor to Habeas Corpus.)

No free man shall be seized or imprisoned, or stripped of his rights or possessions, or outlawed or exiled, or deprived of his standing in any way, nor will we proceed with force against him, or send others to do so, except by the lawful judgment of his equals or by the law of the land.
– Magna Carta

detail from "Lady Justice" (2015)

Kim Vanderheiden, detail from “Lady Justice” (2015)

“To no one will we sell, to no one deny or delay right or justice”
– Magna Carta

“No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”
– Amendment V, U.S. Constitution

“In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.”
– Amendment VI, U.S. Constitution