Ksenija Jaroševaitė’s work Psalm 23 depicts a figure lying on the grass, resting. Although the person is more than two meters tall, lying down they look much smaller. This heavyset, awkward, but appealing hero is a favourite type of Jaroševaitė’s – it reappears both as Saint Francis and as a little girl.
Do you know what distinguishes Jaroševaitė’s work from that of other sculptors? This artist combines spatial, three-dimensional form with two-dimensional expression. In Psalm 23 the contours of the figure are hewn from granite, while the hair, eyes and hands are carved, along with the words of the psalm, which seem to have grown right into the body:
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside quiet waters.
He restores my soul.
These words speak about faith in God. The artist has been creating religious works since the 1990s, so it is not accidental that this figure is gazing up at the sky.