In ‘The Joker David’, we find a reworking of the famous biblical King also sculpted by great artists like Michaelangelo and Donatello, both of which had a lasting impact on the art world. In Sigitova’s version, David wears a colorful mask similar to that worn by the famous ‘Joker’ comic book character. He is smug and ready to perform an unexpected trick to attract your attention. Unlike his famous counterparts, who are stern, willful, and proud, he isn’t at all serious but is rather mischievous and even slightly mad. Some might call the sculptor irreverent, but perhaps it is an attempt to infer that when we stop taking ourselves too seriously, we can enjoy a greater sense of self-expression.
In her sculptures, we find beautifully formed images of classic artistic icons such as Aphrodite, David, and even angels. All of which are re imagined with splashes of color to provoke and stimulate a response. ‘Rainbow’, a plaster statue depicts a squatting angel hugging his knees during the ‘rainbow summoning ceremony’. What is unusual is that along with this process, the angel’s wings are painted in the same rainbow color. A correlation can be made between living with excess, such as drinking too much booze after swallowing too many ‘love pills’, hoping for total happiness as a result. But too much of a good thing can also make us vomit.
With the word ‘sinner’ written on the angel’s back, we are reminded of the famous sculpture. ‘El Angel Caido (Fallen Angel) by the sculptor Ricardo Belvera, which can be found in the Retiro Park in Madrid. Its unique beauty and expressiveness was inspired by John Milton’s Paradise Lost, a tale about the Fall of Man, and illustrations first published in 1865 by Gustave Dore. Whatever your take on the sculpture, the main thing is to experience its timeless beauty.