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My Martyr with explanation series develops some of the themes I started reflecting upon with the Martyr series in 2016: the relationship between man and nature and man’s desire to dominate nature through science.

I chose octopuses to symbolize the mysterious, inexplicable magic of nature. Octopuses are fascinating animals: in Hawaiian mythology, they are the only survivors of a previous, alien universe. Indeed, their genome is unusually large, unlike that of other invertebrates – so much so that that it’s being called “alien” by the scientists who worked on it. They are highly intelligent, possibly more so than any other invertebrate. Yet, young octopuses learn almost nothing from their parents, who often die of reproduction: males can live for only a few months after mating, and females die shortly after their eggs hatch.

In contrast to this magic, inexplicable animal, the man-made scribbles and other signs on the paper refer to scientific attempts to catalogue, study and understand nature –  a futile attempt at domination.

Some of the artworks in this series are available on Saatchi Art.


Martyr minor with explanation, 2018

Ink, graphite, gold leaf, wood and steel on paper
60×80 cm


Martyr with explanation IV, 2018

ink, graphite and gold leaf on paper
70 x 50 cm (unframed)


Martyr with explanation VI, 2018

Ink, graphite, gold leaf and wood on paper
70 x 50 cm (unframed)

Martyr with explanation VI


Martyr with explanation VII, 2018

Ink, graphite and gold leaf on paper
50 x 70 cm (unframed)


Martyr with explanation VIII, 2019

Ink and graphite on paper
70 x 50 cm


Parvus martyr with explanation I, 2019

ink, paper, graphite and gold leaf on paper
43 x 33 cm

Parvus martyr with explanation I