Sin Histeria: Iconographic paintings by Elisabeth Belomlinsky exploring the seven deadly sins.
My work explores the core of faith systems and the theme of personal narrative and creative indignation in contrast with folklore as a way of questioning authority of the stories on which humanity has reared its young, in particular, the myths still used today to subjugate female worship and self-expression.
For my project Sin Histeria, I studied the craft of Russian Orthodox iconography and the technique of egg tempera on 24k gold in order to create icons portraying the seven deadly sins. I used Chanakya’s quote as a meditative medium for the landscape of my contemplation.
By sanctifying the characters assigned to each sin, I was able to investigate the prescribed definition of that sin and its relationship to sainthood in religious terms as well as in common household understanding of ingrained moral mythology.
"The serpent, the king, the tiger, the stinging wasp, the small child, the dog owned by other people, and the fool: these seven ought not to be awakened from sleep. "
About the Artist:
Elisabeth Belomlinsky, a daughter of Michael and Victoria Belomlinsky, was born in 1977 in St Petersburg, Russia into a family of witches. At the age 11 along with her clan, Elisabeth fled the persecution and trials of the motherland on nothing but broomsticks and migrating across three countries eventually arrived to the pagan friendly city of New York.
She settled in Little India and inspired by the diversity of her new neighborhood began to make art dealing with the mystic rites and rituals of her surroundings.