ELOÍ, ELOÍ, LAMÁ SABACTÂNI, 2020
Silva’s Catholic upbringing meant that religion played a significant role in her life. Eloí, Eloí, Lamá Sabactâni translates to ‘My God, My God, Why hast Thou forsaken Me?’ and is a quote from Psalm 22:1 as Jesus’ last words on the cross. Silva’s work depicts two Venuses upside down from one another but bound together to symbolise Jesus’ cross. This piece is a risque nod at Catholicism with both faces of Venus buried at the sex of the other. With homosexuality being considered a sin in the Catholic religion, Silva makes a particularly controversial statement with Eloí, Eloí, Lamá Sabactâni.
Eloí, Eloí, Lamá Sabactâni, 2020