The Immortal series investigates the legend of the Catacomb Saints, the purported skeletal remains of early christian martyrs from the first millennia discovered beneath Rome in 1578. Painstakingly reassembled and designated saints by the Vatican, then traded to cathedrals throughout central Europe where they were embellished in the finery of the period and displayed for the adoration of the faithful
Four centuries later de Silva reconstructs these relics in the style of renaissance paintings, bold and heroic in stature. The Latin names are reinterpreted to accentuate their character and multiple images blended to render one idealistic portrait that questions concepts of veneration, deification, mortality and temporality throughout their two thousand year lifespan