Distorting what is sacrosanct, by the means of colors commonly associated with beauty, Mexican artist Ciler places emphasis on the decline of religion. By defacing the Virgin Mary’s face with hues of pinks and purples, the artist deconstructs the importance of the Virgin Mary not only for religion but in art. Ciler uses The Pieta (1876) by 19th Century artist William Adolphe Bougoureau which itself was inspired by Michelangelo’s sculpture Pietà. Bougoureau’s painting is an alternative interpretation of the traditional religious story where Mary humbly offers the death of her son Jesus as a sacrifice to atone for the world’s sins. In Bougoureau’s version Mary clutches Jesus in a bitter rage blaming the world for the loss of her son. Ciler’s seemingly happy hues further mock this idea of sacrifice while at the same time pervert the idea that the world can dissolve it’s sins with one foul death. An image that was once comforting, becomes defiled, losing its power. Ciler’s first solo exhibition, Error, was held at Soze Gallery in 2014.
Signature: Signed and dated in black marker on verso
Soze Gallery Collection
Mexican, b. 1981, Mexico City, Mexico, based in Mexico City, Mexico