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The Artists

  Connie Backus-Yoder
  Joyce Caggiano
  Deborah A. Cantwell
  Mary Anne Carley
  Osuna Miguel Conesa
  James D. Curtis
  Kelly Daniels
  Barbara Desrosiers
  Cathy Gibbons
  Joel Haas
  Jenna Higgins
  C. Robin Janning
  Caroline Kramer
  Marcia Landry
  Jeanelle McCall
  Judith McManis
  Romney O. Nesbitt
  Margaret A. Parker
  Donna Rathert
  Lynn Runnells
  Deborah Scarff
  Suzanne Schleck
  Janet Strickler
  Susan Tilt
  Vanessa Wells
  Tracy Williams
  Copyright Statement
  Mary (Detail)
Bronze Cast, edition of 10, 2002, 18” x 24”

Margaret Adams Parker

This cast is installed at The Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, San Francisco CA.

Other casts are in place at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Arlington VA, Iglesia Santa Maria in Arlington VA, St. John’s Church in West Hartford CT, and in the chapel at the College of Preachers at the National Cathedral in Washington DC.

I intended with this sculpture to depict the biblical Mary: a young Jewish girl, her abdomen still swollen from pregnancy. She cradles her infant protectively, encircling him with her arms. She is vulnerable, as is every new mother, through this child. But Mary’s vulnerability carries a special prescient awareness of future suffering. The text which came to mind when I had created this image was from Luke 2:35, Simeon’s words to Mary: “And a sword will pierce your heart also.”

Email: pparker@vts.edu
Parish: St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Arlington, Virginia


Image #2: Madonna, Angola





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