ALL AT ONCE THE MARTYR
Assembled in a vintage Howitzer case, this piece was created to express the complicated, and sometimes overwhelming, feelings of being a victim. On the left, the anthropomorphic piece of wood is bound by chains that represent the past and the real or imagined inability to move or escape. Electrical wires depict thoughts that repeat endlessly in the mind. The body can endure the pain, but it is the memory that keeps one chained to the past. The result is the pierced and broken heart. The wooden figure is wearing a vintage necklace with a medallion of a beautiful, perfect body unselfconsciously stretching outward freely.
On the door of the case, an old pulley and gears hold weights in balance acknowledging the nature of justice while an image of Saint Sebastian, a man martyred for his beliefs, is in the background. His face is looking upward in hope. It is a beautiful depiction of faith. The power that gives us strength to endure, to heal, it is within us.