Her series, ‘Submission’ explores topics ranging from BDSM to the finiteness of life. In ‘The Submission of Abraham’, we are reminded of the still life of Abraham van Beijeren, a prominent figure in the Dutch Golden Age of painting who created sumptuous and extravagant still life scenes. The fruits of human labor portrayed in this work remind us of the finiteness of life, with bread and wine also symbolizing the sacrament. It could be interpreted as a votive sacrifice to God: objects or gifts offered up to the gods while asking for the fulfillment of a desire or as a plea for healing. We also see objects associated with erotica and BDSM in the image that make us reflect on the idea of pain and sacrifice in life. We may also bring to mind another Abraham – the biblical figure who was prepared to sacrifice his own son for the sake of some abstract belief. The question of how far we are prepared to go in pursuit of pleasure, pain, and even immortality, is one worth asking.
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