This collection of “Sins” is born out of a re-interpretation of the Christian theme of the Seven Deadly Sins in relation to some of our current issues. With these seven paintings I intend to create my own updated version of the original seven deadly sins. These associations bridge past with present and at the same time provide a different understanding on how we may define “sin” today. I depart from the list of sins used both by Pope Gregory the Great in the 6th century and Dante Alighieri in the Divine Comedy. These are lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride. In these small paintings on canvas I reinvented these into Cyber-lust, Consumerist Gluttony, Media Sloth, Military Wrath, Celebrity Envy, Corporate Greed and Imperial Arrogance. Living in an age of information, war, corporations, mass media and consumerist culture I have filtered this old list and infuse it with my own notions of sin.
Saint Augustine once said: "Whatever has been rightly said by the pagans, we must appropriate to our uses". In this work, I have appropriated and reinterpreted various belief systems and merged them into a new syncretism for my own use. With this, I intend to re-create and explore a “new” world where the myths, gods and monsters of today’s “globalized” world co-exist with ancient mythologies preserved within Christian tradition. By making reference to our consumerist culture, a consumed ecology, “free” market mentalities and migration. I pretend to draw my own map of the world. In this created world I explore the recurring archetypes and themes still present in our culture all covered by the mass media with its spectacles, shows and televised wars.
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