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This series of 5 little drawings is not supposed to offend, but rather to acknowledge, symbolize and emphasize Mary’s human nature as well as her female essence and identity.

Mary was above all human, a mother and a woman; a woman whose sexuality was repressed by the means of a virgin birth, but also a woman who was condemned to experience the loss of a child. A timeless symbol of THE Woman.
This image combines Mary’s human nature + Mary as a mother who gives birth + Mary’s destiny as a mother who loses a child. To combine all this, I chose an unexplainable type of death of a child, the missed abortion. A missed abortion or missed miscarriage is nature’s way of dealing with various genetic/chromosomic defects in a child – the heart of the fetus ceases to beat or does not start beating, and after a couple of days or weeks, the fetus is naturally aborted.
I hope that this Mary might be able to give some comfort to all those Women who unexplainably lost their babies before they even got the opportunity to meet them, who were condemned to carry a lifeless creature until nature decided to take it back.

For Christians that might feel offended by my imagery, I would like to say that this was not my intention. If you really look deep inside these images, you might discover that they are more honestly religious than a thoughtless worship of the cross.

pencil drawing and ink applied with brushes on paper (Hahnemühle Aquarell Burgund 250 rau)
tiny drawings, 12×17cm / 4.7×6.7in.

Going through this Virgin Mary phase (have painted over 10 Maries in the last two months). I will eventually get through this phase – hopefully without serious consequences – as will Donna Malone eventually get through her cow phase and Anna Moraova her nude lady life drawing period… I sincerely have no idea why I have been painting virgin Maries.


sadness, depression, postpartum depression, virgin, mary, religion, religious, icon, christianism, blasphemy, motherhood, mother, abortion, missed abortion, miscarriage, doll, blasphemic, jesus, dummy, god, christ, christian

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  • donnamalone
    donnamaloneabout 3 years ago

    Lol…finished with the cows now … But I adore these ‘Maries’ of yours!!
    Just Brilliant Ina!

  • oh you finished with the cows…. such a pity… (phew!) Thank you for stopping by, Donna!

    – Ina Mar

  • Loui  Jover
    Loui Joverabout 3 years ago

    holy comedy! lol…….so very funny and thought provoking

  • oh it was not supposed to be funny in fact, but I am very glad it provoked a reaction in any way :)

    – Ina Mar

  • Ben Kern
    Ben Kernabout 3 years ago

    Probably best not to question why… :) Just keep painting, Ina!

  • thank you for stopping by, Ben :)

    – Ina Mar

  • Shylie Edwards
    Shylie Edwardsabout 3 years ago

    it is so so raw!! i luv it!!!

  • thanks a lot, Shylie!

    – Ina Mar

  • Marlies Odehnal
    Marlies Odehnalalmost 3 years ago

    Love this “Marie”

  • oops… It is “Marys” I guess… Oh well… Thank you Marlies!

    – Ina Mar

  • annamora
    annamoraalmost 3 years ago

    dear Ina
    I have been thinking about this your work since yesterday … I also think, keep painting …as Ben says … I could now say a lot about this image since such a long thinking about it generated a lot of thoughts in my mind ….from the point of view of the visual representation this is ingenious merge of the two traditional depictions : one of Mary with her infant Jesus and other Mary in Pieta (with the dead body of Jesus) … to put these two into a context of abortion makes a very powerful statement …. for me : (after longish thinking) it is a very loving statement …. BEAUTIFUL … thank you Ina ….
    oh, and as for my dark torsos – really just something for the life drawing group (at the place where I live now)

  • Anna, thank you so much for taking the time to think about my image. I believe you know more about it than I do. My process was quite instinctive. I just wanted to paint a sad woman, then it turned out to be Maria – I didn’t know why she was sad, until I started painting the baby. Somehow the baby turned out to be a lifeless dummy – I still didn’t know why the baby was lifeless before I even got the opportunity to give it life with my brushes. Then I wrote the title at the back. Until that moment, I honestly didn’t know what I was doing. After writing the title, and after your comment, I knew a little more.
    Thank YOU. Oh, I love your torsos, don’t stop painting them :)

    – Ina Mar

  • chili
    chilialmost 3 years ago

    i like this, i dont understand what it means, but i dont mind as its one of those drawings that you think about for ages after

  • Thank you for such a compliment :)
    I myself didn’t know what this image meant while I painted it, but now I dare to think that I know a little more, so I will add a description…

    – Ina Mar

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