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.