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Mary is singing the Magnificat. How the church could have retained that poem coming from Mary’s lips is a great mystery. It is revolutionary verse. It comes from a more complex image of Mary than the one we usually recall, because it contains fierceness and prophetic visioning. I couldn’t imagine doing a sculpture that would do justice to the power of what was contained there, but after working and working on her this sculpture slowly evolved. At first she was singing out of a great fire. Then the fire became hands and finally the fire and hands became wings. A bird took shape, and in its final form she is carried aloft on eagle’s wings, guided by the eagle’s wild eyes. Almost hidden is the figure of grief, kneeling and weeping beneath the eagle’s tail feathers. I could not imagine that poem carrying such a powerful image of human and cultural transformation unless its song arose from the depths of grief.

My soul magnifies the Lord…
He has brought down the powerful from their thrones
And lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things
And sent the rich empty away.
Luke: 1:45-55

MAGNIFICAT, 20 " high