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Status Update

2015, Oil on Italian Linen, 120 x 100cm

The Calleen Art Award 2015, Finalist
The Mosman Art Prize 2015, Finalist


Called The Dawn of Christianity, the original sculpture by Erastus Dow Palmer shows a Native American on her conversion to Christianity, whereupon her clothes fall off. These things happen, apparently.

Twisting Facebook’s terminology, the notion of a “savage” shedding heathen trappings to be born again before God, exposes notions of religious intolerance, racism and cultural superiority - and the absurdity of such a conversion might not involve any change in status at all. 

Or she could just be sexting.