Oil on Canvas, 200×140 cm.
How many times has humanity faced a spiritual and moral crisis? How often has our belief in kindness, love, and justice been crashed by the corporate interest, pure greed, and human exploitation? Our world is filled with violence and pain. People of the 21st century has failed to suppress the mentality of the Dark Ages when suffering was a cardinal virtue.
This painting encourages us to show compassion. The artist offers us to throw away anachronistic religious conventions and social tyranny, open our eyes and see things as they really are.
Love thy neighbor… Why have these simple words transformed and resulted in demeaning, violence, and cruelty, where love brings blind obedience and fear and silence provides a chance to be a part of a corporation?
What are you willing to sacrifice on the altar of your blind faith? Your body, your soul or your life… Suffering is the perfect currency easily converted into gold coins. The blind faith makes you a marionette because the crown of thorns is not a ticket to heaven but a marketing hook.
Do they want your soul? They want your body!
You’d say, the painting is anticlerical, we say, it’s advocating for freedom.
“Martyr” is about the world where evil has won, though it’s hiding behind the mask of corporate good. The church is a mediator between a man and God, but we all know how much interest the mediators charge. That is why the red halo is placed in the center of the composition as an allegory of the worldly matters and violence. The dark figure is pictured as a monolith with the void behind. The words of the prayer are vague and obscure. Why understand its sense when you are just a puppet for the people in power? Who needs sincerity and spiritual purity when the only thing that matters is your body? The roses symbolize the sin and passion. The floral wreath on the young man’s thighs represents the hypocrisy and lies.