madonnelle, 2023

Embroidery 21.5 x 28 cm, private collection.

On the occasion of the 5th Small Biennale of Contemporary Art under the title «Roots» I created «Madonnelle», a black and white embroidery inspired by international stamps depicting Virgin Mary’s Annunciation.

The primary image corresponds to a Greek stamp published in 1973 on the 150th anniversary of the discovery of the miraculous icon in 1823 at the island of Tinos. This image was combined with a second annunciation issued in 1899 at the British Virgin Islands. Stimulated by the Marian shrines discovered on the Italian cityscapes and landscapes, I similarly create a public manifestation of faith and devotion on the streets of Mountados. A contemporary “Madonnelle” for piety and prayer in public space. On view at the location no 4 at the vault underneath Panagitsa church.

Made specifically for participating in «Roots», the 5th Small Mountados Biennale of Contemporary Art curated by Mireille Lienard, scenography by Philippe Fraisse.