2011. Oil, gold pigment on panel in antique frame.
Available for exhibition or purchase - contact.
Canvas Prints of Saint Agatha are available via Saatchi.
"Saint Agatha" is an intersection of exploration
of identity & self portraiture. Raised in a strict Catholic
household I was confronted with impossible female role models and in
return rejected not only impossible virtues of virginity and motherhood
(preferably coetaneousnessly) but also femininity in general. At the
same time I have an inherent attraction to Catholic tradition of
portraying human beings who became sanctified by their suffering. Saint
Agatha is most often portrayed with her severed
breasts on a platter, sometimes with the instrument of which they were
removed. As a devotional image, it seems to have fallen out of favor
despite a renewed interest in regard to Agatha
becoming the patron saint of breast cancer survivors. In folklore
female saints are largely denied of any human sexuality yet the artists
who made images of these saints oftentimes put special emphasis on their
beauty. I felt the Saint Agatha iconography
to be especially intriguing as she seems to be portrayed as vulnerable
and confrontational at the same time. As a self portrait it both
embraces & rejects the Catholic culture I grew up with.