oil on canvas, 160×120 cm, 2021

The painting references the tradition of depicting the face of Christ as an object that is not created by human hands. This type of representation originated from the image on the scarf belonging to Saint Veronica. These paintings were intended to bring believers closer to the human image of Christ. However, the Mandylion portrays a male portrait. In my portrayal, I prioritize the image of a woman, initiating a discussion about the representation of gender, beliefs, and the enduring values found in culture. Over time, these values can transform into something known as a “Simulacrum” – an image without the substance or qualities of the original, yet still recognizable as a part of evolving human thought.