The Fig Leaf

What are you hiding?

The expression “fig leaf” is widely used figuratively to convey the covering up of an act or an object that is embarrassing or distasteful with something of innocuous appearance.

from Wikipedia

I have been thinking about where I, where we in general, hide ourselves, or parts of ourselves behind fig leaves. Because, from a moral point of view, we do not dare to be what we would like to be and do what we would like to do.
Certainly, a certain basic morality is necessary for a lasting coexistence in a community. But beyond that, we often grow up with or are confronted with moral concepts that stand in the way of our original individuality.
The morals that put stones in our way. Morality, as a stumbling block we are afraid or ashamed of and why we hide parts of ourselves behind a fig leaf. Sometimes subtly, by pretending to ourselves or others, sometimes in the form of outright lies.

The fig leaf promises protection to a certain extent, but it can also become a prison, imprisoning our true self, putting it behind bars.
All these thoughts, I have tried to capture figuratively and implemented in a minimalist-looking silkscreen. Including a red sun, the radiant I, which slowly rises behind the fig leaf and releases more and more of their own.

Details

  • Screen print on paper
  • 20cm x 20cm • 8″ x 8″
  • MMXVIII
  • Edition of 20 each