DAWN WILLIAMS BOYD
CLOTH PAINTINGS SERIES: Three Marys
The idea for my Three Marys Series originated with a Call to Artists requesting artwork based on the Bible. I have been interested in the virgin births and the godly message delivery systems that are found in the origin stories of most major religions. Also, I had wanted to do a crucifixion piece for some time. I had already done several paintings in cloth and acrylic paints featuring the Virgin Mary as my subject (see Acrylic Paintings). The Bible refers to, and master artists from Christian and non - Christian cultures throughout history, have always depicted several women attending Christ's crucifixion: his mother Mary, Mary Magdalene and "the other Mary". There is quite a bit of controversy around who the this Mary really was and why she was there. That was enough information to begin Three Marys: Crucifixion. However, once the initial sketch had been completed I realized that the composition - three female figures mourning a prostrate male figure - was strong enough to tell several stories.
Three Marys: Crucifixion 2012
53 x 85 inches
Cotton and polyester fabrics, cotton floss; bugle beads. Pieced and appliqued by machine. Embroidered, embellished and quilted by hand.
Three Marys: Freedom Riders 2012
54 x 89 inches
Cotton and polyester fabrics, cotton floss. Pieced and appliqued by machine; embroidered and quilted by hand.
Three Marys: Vampire Brides 2013
64 x 88 inches
Cotton and polyester fabrics and lace, cotton floss, beads, sequins, button, polyester and silk ribbons. Appliqued by machine; embroidered, embellished and quilted by hand.
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