16×20 acrylic and ink on Gessobord panel
See work in progress pictures at my blog.
In the Bible, Mary was still a teenager when she was called upon to bear the Son of Man. She became a mother in innocence, and lost her son in the height of his greatness. She knew his fate, and had to bear the sorrow. Mary is the one goddess that has been allowed in Christianity. She stands for compassion, nurturing, acceptance and love. I think her archetype deeply effects women, especially mothers.
As a mother of a boy I feel that boys are getting more and more lost everyday. I think the Mary archetype has a lot to do with mothers and their sons. We are losing our sons to war and violence, and we are suppose to just grin and bear it. We are suppose to be strong and just let our sons go, at least this seems to be the underlying message from our society. Our society teaches boys how to be emotionally bankrupt with no sense of self, so they can go off and fight meaningless wars for God and Country. It’s time for the mothers to say “no more, I will no longer accept this”. Women do not have to have their hearts pecked away for the good of society.