In this work I explored the language of war as inscribed on women's bodies, in particular the body of the Virgin Mary. I began with a vintage two foot high Mary sculpture, covering her in many layers of graphite/glue, then gold leaf. Into the surface was inscribed the words from a Gerad Manley Hopkins poem, The Soldier, from 1918, about how we revere the solider. The surface gold was then sanded away, leaving the text inscribed onto the body of the sculpture. This sculpture was later cast for the Vierge Ouvrante piece. To read the Gerard Manley Hopkins poem, click on TEXT above.

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