My gratitude for such kind words. To answer your query, this work shows how the Catholic religion created the Marian (Virgin Mary) form by appropriating many aspects various goddesses from different cultures. That is why there as so many versions or incarnations of the Marian image. This piece is about the Earth/Nature (Kalikasan) Mother (Ina) with Marian attributes
such a lovely artwork ,i was beginning to miss your deviations...a truly masterpiece,i love how you used the colour and the lines...also the smile,its so poetic! a great deviation ,i dont know why but it reminds me to Virgin Mary-....
Your are correct that it is in a sense the Virgin Mary. The Word "Marinang" is a combination of the name "Maria" and the Tagalog word "Inang" (mother), which is Mother Mary. And the word "Kalikasan" is Tagalog for 'nature' and 'bounty'. Hence the title means "Mother Nature".
Mary is such a popular patron saint here in the Philippines. She basically replaced the multitude of female nature deities of the tribes, and that is what I represented here. It is similar to my other work: Lady Coatlaxpeuh
Stunning piece! The intricacy in your work is phenomenal, and the colors are beautiful, and I happen to agree with the earlier comment from ImagineAppleScruffs about the dragonfly on her face.........yes, great touch!
I believe that the intricate nature of my work is genetic in a sense, as it connects to the complex patterns and designs used by the ancient tribes of my people. when I was a student in a university art college, my teachers tried as much as they could to make me practice the more modern conceptual and minimalist art. However, I never cared to follow them, as I relied on my intuition to develop own style of work
One must use the tools of familiarity and those of a knowingness until themselves to create what is as different as the universal energetic field of all that you are. Glad you listened and didn't deter from your own drum, as that connects you to your heritage and your personal journey, which is like no other! Great stuff...
No worries! I think a lot of us here on dA have been quite busy with a thing called Life.
Are you having fun there? Is it nice and warm? I'm glad you're relaxing yourself. A good vacation is always nice and can help with inspiration for new work. Good luck on your trip back. And with your drawing.