The much-maligned Martha in this version brings housekeeping to a new level of cool!
She does look like a bold, confident woman of the world, but I wonder if the stance is appropriate and conducive to devotion. What does the coat of arms in the right corner mean?
I appreciate the stance is a little risky but it was meant to accomplish several things; convey a gracefulness to the figure; impart something of Martha's character from what we can infer from scripture and tradition i.e. outgoing and independent; and break away from the 19th century holy cards and speak to young people of the 21st century.The coat of arms is that of Tarascon, France, and is a reference to an early legend associated with Saint Martha.You can read more about it herehttp://gryphonrampant.com/home/2011/7/29/if-you-believe.htmlIncluding a link to an image that diagrams the symbols used in the piece.
"...and break away from the 19th century holy cards and speak to young people of the 21st century."I've often wanted to ask you about this aspect of your work. Thanks for the explanation.
hmmm. . I LOVE St. Martha, and I'm not sure about the swagger in your depiction. . maybe if her face revealed she had just been rebuked by Our Lord. .
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