Saint Wilgefortis is a renowned female figure amongst followers of folklore. Her story states she was a woman who made a vow to a life of celibacy but became betrothed by her father to the King of Sicily. Her desperate prayers to avoid the marriage were answered when she grew a beard and moustache and her suitor’s proposal was understandably withdrawn. Unfortunately in anger her father had her crucified but she was later made into a Saint and is still revered by those who seek relief from hardship, especially women who want to be rid of abusive husbands. An exhibition visiting South Brisbane’s Art Factory Gallery is the latest to explore her through a range of artworks by a group of local artists.
@ Art Factory Gallery, July 20 – 25