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'The Virgin Mary' Becomes Superman, Mario, And Other Pop Culture Icons
By Anthea Quay, 26 Sep 2012
French artist/sculptor Soasig Chamaillard repurposed damaged or found miniature statues of the Virgin Mary.
In her project ‘Détournement Statue Sainte Vierge’, the Holy Virgin gets turned her into pop culture icons of today, such as Superman, Mario, Barbie, Santa Claus, a Jedi Master, and My Little Pony.
She told the Huffington Post that she “began her religious kitsch art after noticing that a statue of the Virgin she received from her father had been badly damaged. She then decided to restore it, with the idea of creating a more modern version of the Madonna as we would perceive her today”.
When critics declared her work as “blasphemous”. She said, “I suspect that this could shock the sensibilities of certain people, but I didn’t think there would be so many of them.”
“Faith should be strong enough to remain unshaken by simple objects. I think they need to step back from the object and not forget that it’s an artistic work,” she continued.
[via Saosig Chamaillard]
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