Touché / Stricken
The large bird struck by arrows is a visually rich composition that is filled with symbols and meanings that evoke elements of both Christian tradition and Greek mythology.
The martyrdom of Saint Sebastian is a classic theme in Christian art, representing a saint who, according to legend, was tied to a post and pierced with arrows due to his faith. From this perspective, the bird wounded by arrows can be seen as a symbol of suffering, resilience, and sacrifice in times of crisis. This relates to the dedication and resilience of many individuals, especially healthcare personnel and first responders, in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The reference to Greek mythology through Apollo's arrows evokes a more universal dimension. God of healing and of pestilence,Apollo sendshis arrows to inflictand cure disease, a duality that highlights the vulnerability of humanity to natural forces. The god's arrows symbolize the unpredictability and fragility of human life.
Transposing these elements into the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, the bird becomes a powerful metaphor for humanity. Like the bird struck by Apollo's arrows, we, as a global society, have been affected in unexpected and devastating ways Its arrows have touched our health, economy, societies, and lives deeply and often painfully. But as Apollo's arrows can also bring healing, the wounded bird can symbolize humanity's resilience in the face of adversity, confirming our ability to overcome trials and rise again.
Ultimately,we are invited to reflect on our collective experience of the current pandemic, resilience and humanity's capacity to overcome challenges along with the suffering and sacrifice. It encourages us to find deeper meanings in the events that have touched our lives, through the lens of art and symbolism.