Focus Group - Mary Doesn't Just Wear Blue

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Brierley Room, York Explore Library

Library Square

Museum Street

York

YO1 7DS

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Mary Doesn't Just wear Blue is an exhibition that invites the audience to explore how Mary can take shape as a non-religious icon, and how her image adapts to current times. What kind of woman do the artists show? How does Mary’s image adapt to current ideas of femininity and womanhood?

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This exhibition is part of my PhD, an Arts-Based Research project, in which I study new meanings of femininity in contemporary secular images of Mary. In order to do so, I am looking at images from 3 different points: their creation, the images themselves, and their reception (how they are viewed).

What is involved for you?

I will be conducting a group interview in the form of a workshop. In the workshop you will be asked to create an image of the Virgin Mary taking inspiration from the exhibition. While creating the images, we will discuss your thoughts on the artwork on display, and what the Virgin Mary means (if anything) to you.

What is the research about?

My PhD project is called Contemporary Secular Images of the Virgin Mary and Understandings of Femininity. My research will examine how secular images of the Virgin Mary contribute to the construction and understanding of femininity within contemporary Christian societies. This will be done in three ways: first, I will study how artists create secular images of the Virgin Mary. Secondly, I will examine secular images of Mary. Thirdly, I will look at how an audience responds to those images. Some questions addressed in the research are:

  • What form can the Virgin Mary take in secular images?

  • How does the Virgin Mary mean today?

  • Can there be a secular Mary?

  • How does Mary relate to femininity nowadays?

  • Can Mary be political?


Who am I?

My name is Aurèlia Puigdomènech and I am a PhD researcher based at the Centre for Women’s Studies at the University of York.

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Brierley Room, York Explore Library

Library Square

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