this smashed-head Jesus and Mary reminded me of Helnwein’s untitled after Andrea Mantegna… but this time the statue is kept alive by the beliefs of the people who take care of the image; the wounds make no difference. once a friend told me about an old couple living by themselves in a far away island far off into the Pacific Ocean - they had been living alone for more than 40 years already, after all their offspring had gone afar into the mainland. the old woman had found the body of a beheaded boy doll “the sea had brought to her”; she used to take care of that like a holy relic, offering it hibiscus flowers every morning. the only flower to be found on the island. sorry, I got myself talking away.