Je suis

Exploring the intersection of gender, identity, and spirituality

A thought-provoking triptych of digital collages that question societal norms through tragic iconography and Christian symbolism. A body of work prompting reflection on the complex interplay of these themes and the artist’s personal journey of self-discovery.

Je Suis is a compelling set of digital collages produced in February/March 2015 that invite viewers to explore the intersection of gender, identity, and spirituality through striking visual narratives. Three female figures take center stage in these thought-provoking compositions, each embodying a tragic iconography reminiscent of Christian rituals and symbolism.

The title “Ecce Homo” draws parallels to the solemnity of the Passion of Christ, prompting viewers to question the societal constructs that define and confine the individuals depicted. The use of Christian references, such as the crown of thorns, evokes themes of suffering and sacrifice, challenging the status quo behind the person being represented.

“Salve Regina” delves into the delicate balance between holiness and mundanity, questioning the notion of what makes someone holy or revered. The collages compel viewers to contemplate the standards and expectations imposed on individuals, particularly women, in society.

In “Je Suis Paul,” the artist’s personal crisis of identity takes center stage. By reclaiming his original legal name Paul, the artwork confronts the thorns that punctuate life’s journey, exploring the challenges of self-discovery and self-acceptance. It serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of introspection and authenticity in an ever-evolving world.

The triptych culminates in a forth piece: “Je Suis Pawlu,” a concluding self-portrait. The artist, wearing headphones and facing the viewer, invites us to reflect on our own identities and the need to listen to ourselves amidst the cacophony of external influences. It symbolizes the ongoing journey of self-discovery and the pursuit of a genuine sense of self.

Series Je suis
Size Various
Medium Various Media

Je Suis Paul

Ecce Homo

Salve Regina

Je suis Pawlu