NEWS: “L’Extase” (The Ecstasy)

Just finished a new piece: “L’Extase” (The Ecstasy) – ink on paper, 29,7 x 42 cm.

L’Extase – 2018


I was inspired both by an original picture of Miss Anna Bones and Sophia Shibari, and by Bernini’s “Saint Teresa in Ecstasy” statue, which I’d just seen again in Rome at the beginning of the year.

The quote under the two women is from Saint Teresa’s autobiography, and reads: “Era tan grande el dolor que me hacía dar aquellos quejidos, y tan excesiva la suavidad que me pone este grandísimo dolor que no hay desear que se quite” (“The pain was so great, that it made me moan; and yet so surpassing was the sweetness of this excessive pain, that I could not wish to be rid of it”) – perfectly fitting for the feelings provoked by challenging rope bondage, if you ask me…