Mea Culpa

'through my fault'

‘Mea Culpa’, or ‘through my fault’, is a sculpture that embodies the empowerment of the man who acknowledges his flaws and faults. The shape and appearance are molded after the posture of a Japanese samurai performing the seppuku. This ritual used to be part of the bushido code and it was a way through which the samurai redeemed his honor by means of self inflicted death.

The sculpture also brings forth the image of a cycle. The statue bends on itself and continues through, just as the mental image of starting anew or reversing one’s way of thought. Thus completing the idea of Mea Culpa: understanding the mistake, assuming responsibility for it and in the end, acting upon one’s mistake in a self-cleansing way.

Project Description

  • Year: 2015
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Artist: Liviu Paicu