"but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave." -- Philippians 2:7
Paul reminds us that Jesus could have assumed God-form, but instead enslaved himself and became human, suffering as those lowest in society's distorted view. This detail of a large collage of a slave auction has chilling power, as the auctioneer's formless face assumes the dark side of humanity, so similar to the darkness of Christ's own horrible death.
Basquiat began his creative work as a graffiti artist in inner city New York. His interest in religion and philosophy, along with his experience of economic and social discrimination, led him to reject organized religion and instead develop a passionate community of fellow graffiti artists. He died at 27, after years of struggle with addiction.