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Artist Soasig Chamaillard Turns Statues of The Virgin Mary into Pop Culture Characters


French artist Soasig Chamaillard turns statuettes of the Virgin Mary into pop culture icons like the Power Rangers and My Little Pony. Chamaillard uses damaged or found miniatures of the Holy Virgin of Lourdes or Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal for her repurposed statuettes. Her work with religious statues, which has created controversy in the past, started when she decided to restore a damaged statue of the Virgin she had received from her father. At the time she wanted to create a more modern version of the Vigin Mary as we may perceive her today.

Charmaillard expresses, “The playful interaction of society’s many icons, physical transformations, and the resulting improbable combinations, have culminated in my vision of a woman’s role and place in our society. This inner questioning of a woman’s role, has led me to use one of the most sacred icons in my work, namely, the Virgin Mary. I surely do not mean to chock those who believe but rather to move those who see.”