Day-Glo Madonna

05-12SaversNMary3Day-Glo Madonna
Found 05/2012, Savers (North Loop and Burnet)

The brightly-colored concentric circles along Day-Glo Madonna‘s habit and veil suggest an aquatic origin for this statue, the shifting colors and round marks evocative of a color-changing octopus or cuttlefish. The deeper reds  and magentas across her chest and chin suggest the Sacred Heart of Christ iconography. Bright and youthful colors and a festive design may call attention to the youth of Mary, who was perhaps 15 or 16 when she first was called to her divine destiny, challenging the frequent image of Mary as an older, mature woman.

The true intent of Day-Glo Madonna may never be known, but the use of a traditional statue of Mary as a base for this piece invites us to reimagine our common perception of this sacred figure.


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