Mary Ann Unger
Exhibition: No Man's Land, 1990
Untitled (Misericordia), 1990
8' x 11' x 11'
This piece is a kind of earth mother gathering her children like the Renaissance image of the Virgin Mary gathering all the orphans under her skirts (Misericordia). It creates a protective and sheltering space that is meant to be healing and regenerative. It is like fingers rising out of the ground, or a seed pod unfolding. It is also related to Stonehenge's circle of boulders which makes a ritualistic and ceremonial space. The ceremony is personal and refers to no particular religion or ritual. It is at once ancient and modern. The interior is dark and mute, encompassing some mysterious process of transformation.