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SE[I]EN (After Frederic Leighton)
SE[I]EN (After Frederic Leighton)
Acrylic and mixed media on canvas
76,2 x 60,96 x 3,8 cm
2017

The work references a painting by Frederic Leighton, which represents a moment of the Greek myth of Persephone, daughter of Demetra, who came back to the earth after being kidnapped by Hades, lord of the underworld. Seien also references an early 20th century photograph of a dancer, from Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, in her 1913’s dress, designed by Nicholas Roerich. The word Se[i]en is the union of two English words, seen and sin. Like the young virgin dancer in Stravinsky’s ballet, as well as the evanescent Persephone depicted by Leighton, who both get trapped in a spiral of failure and rebirth, love and death, the act of seeing can lead to an act that can be either pure or impure, moral or immoral, virtuous or sinful. The word seien is also the first person, plural subjunctive of the German sein (being). I see, therefore I am. I see, therefore I sin.