June 25, 2021
Saint Sebastian is a Christian martyr. Roman Emperor Diocletian ordered Saint Sebastian to be pierced with arrows for his Christianity.His wounds, though deep, were not fatal. The image of Saint Sebastian was widely used in painting, and starting from the 5th century it was depicted in arrows and pain.
I usually turn to the images of the Renaissance, finding a response to her own complex and traumatic experiences in stories about women martyrs. Sometimes I change the genders of the characters. This is how Saint Sebastiana and St. Evangelista appear. Also, the artist and sculptor Louise Bourgeois has graphics and voodoo dolls named St. Sebastiana.
This is a piece for the 'All Saints' exposition. This piece is a part of 'All Saints' exhibition (curator: Ilona Olkonen). The exposition refers to the layout of the temple. The altar part is the most intimate, and here the piece 'St. Sebastiana' is presented. There I show other holy martyrs and go from St. Lucretia to St. Judith.