Friday, July 31, 2015

Conservatives do not like Rosalie Maheux's pornographic mandalas

By Priscilla Frank
The hybrid images invite the viewer to meditate on the opposing images of spiritual wholeness and sexual objectification.
CANADA---One thing conservative politicians tend not to like is explicit artwork. One thing they really do not like is explicit artwork that evokes sacred or religious symbols. You know, like Andres Serrano's "Piss Christ" or Chris Ofili's "The Holy Virgin Mary." The latest artist to ruffle feathers with her cocktail of the sacred and profane is artist Rosalie Maheux. The Toronto-based artist is feeling the heat over her "Sacred Circles" series, a collection of kaleidoscopic mandalas that, upon closer examination, are made from chopped up pornographic images. [link]