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Blasphemy: Exploring Religion through Art

“I think art must always be innovative, it is a mental process so it is always in constant transformation.”


Artist Statement:

For a few months, especially after the lockdown, I felt the need to express my aversion towards religion, the Church, any imposition and religious dogma. It was probably all born observing and enduring the religious culture of my city (Messina), very traditionalist and conservative. I want to try to break these patterns in some way.

The Blatta Madonna, for example, was born as a protest against the adoration of a divinity that does not exist, in wanting to desecrate a figure considered maternal and sacred only because it is subjected to a god. The true mother of humanity and life is Nature itself, not a human becoming the wife of god. That’s absurd.


Religion, is a way of not wanting to think about life and its problems, of solving them passively, just like death. Death is a problem and a drama that must be faced. It cannot be demonised by believing that there is an afterlife. Religion is also a system for oppressing the masses and unifying them in a standardised way of thinking. But we are much more than that, we are living creatures with a very high creative potential. Somehow, we are the gods.


Mariaceleste Arena

Mariaceleste Arena

Mariaceleste is an artist from Italy. She likes working with digital techniques to create both figurative and abstract works. She likes to experiment with different mediums to highlight her inner world – the war that burns inside her head. Her work borders on the edge of surreal, absurd, and grotesque. 

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