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Jesse Howard
The Saw and the Scroll
about 1976
acrylic and crayon on canvas, wood, and metal
39 3/4 x 71 x 1 1/2 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment



Howard created a unique fenced-in environment at the Fulton, Missouri, home he called "Sorehead Hill" as a forum for airing his religious, political, and philosophical convictions. This panel, like others which he nailed end-to-end to sheds and fence posts, exhorts people to read the Bible and take its lessons to heart. Beginning with citations from the Book of Genesis and ending with the Revelation of St. John the Divine, the messages on this construction span the entire Bible.