Zoetica Ebb on Saturno Butto and The Sisters.

by Denis on October 31, 2011


Zoetica Ebb, artist / writer / co-founder of Coilhouse Magazine, kindly agreed to write a short text about Saturno Butto and his painting and soon to be available limited edition print The Sisters. Here is what she wrote:

Cult Painter Saturno Butto portrays fetish alongside religious ritual, painstakingly executed in oil by a
classically trained hand. Here forceps and gags are sacred, eating, masturbation and bondage are divine
ceremonies and provocative harlots are saints. Butto’s use of fetish tools as religious objects and vice
versa moves beyond simple shock value; he elevates the themes that classic religious painting deemed
taboo, undressing martyrs and placing pleasure on its rightful throne. Gold and Vermillion, royalty
and blood, ecstasy and violence converge to build shrines to beauty, seduction and power all while
demolishing the altars of dogma.

The artist behind these enduring and almost otherworldly paintings is a man of contrasts, drawing
from opposing aspects of the past and the present both in his subject matter and his inspiration. Be
it listening to mix of classical baroque and modern gothic music during the creative process, or
effortlessly capturing innocence and injury on a single canvas, Saturno Butto’s passion for juxtaposition
is one of his strongest virtues. This attraction to the melding of opposites, this love of the interplay
between light and dark continues to mesmerize the artist and to captivate his growing audience.

In his painting, The Sisters, Butto portrays two real-life siblings as allegories of their core desires. A
black leather mask and a wreath of white flowers once again play on the theme of contrast, leading
us to believe one sister is a deviant and the other an innocent. A closer look at the wreathed sister’s
defiant expression and the masked sister’s demure gown reveals that they have more in common than
is initially apparent, with a skull emphasizing their common fate. The viewer is left with a choice: to
perceive The Sisters as a grim testament to mortality, as an encouraging reminder to indulge during the
brief time we have, or perhaps as something else entirely – art’s meaning is, as always, in the eye of the
beholder.

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by Denis on October 31, 2011

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