Indicative of Saint Sebastian this tattooed martyr stands for a barbaric past that is at once acknowledged and disavowed. The work is entitled Muscle Mary - gay slang attributed to a gay sub group defined by its overdeveloped muscular physiques. As a group they can be camp and effeminate. The slip cast ceramic sculpture (ornamental) reflects on the churches involvement in the infamous homosexual purge in Holland in 1730.
The surface decoration includes a decal of a broad sheet (Placat) published at the time - a detailed proclamation on the imposition of capital punishment for the crime of sodomy.