The cult of appearance
The Votive Figure series refers to votive offerings. Ex-votos are intended to seek protection or healing, most of the time, from the Virgin Mary. These offerings sometimes materialize as a figure in anatomic wax. Their origin is nonetheless prior to Christian tradition. For instance, a votive hand been discovered on a archaeological site in Syria. In each case, the offering involves a form of forfeiture or a sacrifice to the offerer. Marta Zgierska coats herself in wax and dedicates parts of her body to a new cult: the one of beauty. The discomfort caused by the heat of the wax on her skin is the sacrifice. With this sleek and flawless aesthetic, this series of photos illustrates the importance that women place on beauty. Like many artists of her generation, Marta Zgierska is interested in the intrusion of social networks into our lives such as Instagram and how they influence the way women look at themselves. In Selfkiss I and II, she creates specific sets evoking selfies.
__ Le chat perché, 2019
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