Artist Ignatius deconstructs traditional views of the female experience by physically tearing them up. His pictorial series Essences of the Feminine features non-traditional paintings with built-up layers of mixed media. He begins by stripping the canvas bare, pulling it apart until it’s free of any preconceived notions. Mirroring his distrust of the patriarchy, this process allows him to build up new images of femininity from scratch, breaking free of the limits of traditional 2D painting. In the piece Angela. No More Dogmas, we see a naked woman struggling to conceal her body next to a collage of broken wood, like a crumbling cathedral, thus destroying the female stereotype of the virgin.
In Composition nº 3: Mother, Sex for Reproduction, we see a photographic composition of a Paleolithic Venus figure with the legs of an Olympic athlete runner, a poetic opposition of a fertile mother-goddess with a symbol of maximum velocity and strength achieved by human beings. By fusing feminine and masculine images, Ignatius reveals how myopic the male point of view can be, giving us a new perspective on the female experience.