This project is rooted in my interest in simulacra as the process through which the meaning of a place or thing becomes distorted, inflated, and manipulated as its representation propagates. In this series I create an archive of representations of Jesus, which I then organize by types into grids. I scanned the portraits from religious paraphernalia that I purchased from churches and cathedrals throughout Mexico and New Mexico and then cropped them to imitate identity photographs. My interest in these images lies in their immediate recognizability as a specific religious figure, though all the representations are markedly different from one another. The term “icon” is derived from the greek word eikenai: "to be like or look like,” however the light skinned, blue-eyed subject of these images is a clear departure from the Middle Eastern historical figure. I am interested in how these representations function as simulacra - images without the substance or qualities of the original.