French artist gives the Virgin Mary a makeover
March 15th, 2011
04:00 PM ET

French artist gives the Virgin Mary a makeover

Religious symbols are, next to fast-food logos, generally regarded as the most universal symbols we have - which means that poking fun at them opens artists up to a potential world of feedback and backlash.

One such artist is sculptor Soasig Chamaillard, who recently got French blogs buzzing with an exhibition of her Virgin Mary sculptures - which come in astronaut, My Little Pony, and geisha renditions, among others.

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  1. Olegq Pestronkc

    Wow, awesome weblog layout! How long have you been running a blog for? you make running a blog look easy. The whole look of your site is fantastic, let alone the content material!

    July 12, 2012 at 9:02 pm |
  2. max

    it's a copy of the work of Elisa Fantozzi, in the 90's

    May 2, 2012 at 10:13 am |
  3. lerry

    great post!

    April 12, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  4. Dr. Ivo Robotink

    Why, I think I'll give myself a PROMOTION!

    March 21, 2011 at 9:32 pm |
  5. jack russell

    Heh, heh, the variety of some of the nut jobs posting above is truly a testament to the diversity of God's children and the 'miracle' of PCs allowing even those with single digit IQs to post.

    March 17, 2011 at 4:53 am |
    • Joanne

      I agree. Seems like pre school with all the name calling and insults. Just shows the mentaliy of some people. Yet, they try to act like thier "intelligent". Funny!

      March 17, 2011 at 6:57 am |
  6. Leanne

    What causes a post to completely vanish, but says duplicate commment? However, when checking for the post that was suppose to be a duplicate, none are to be found?

    March 16, 2011 at 7:56 pm |
    • Reality


      Click below on "1" after Previous. Your comment is probably on the first list of 50 or so comments. Also:

      • The moderators of this blog have set up a secret forbidden word filter which unfortunately not only will delete or put your comment in the dreaded "waiting for moderation" category but also will do the same to words having fragments of these words. For example, "t-it" is in the set but the filter will also pick up words like Hitt-ite, t-itle, beati-tude, practi-tioner and const-tution. Then there are words like "an-al" thereby flagging words like an-alysis and "c-um" flagging acc-umulate or doc-ument. And there is also "r-a-pe", “a-pe” and “gra-pe”, "s-ex", and "hom-ose-xual". You would think that the moderators would have corrected this by now considering the number of times this has been commented on but they have not. To be safe, I typically add hyphens in any word that said filter might judge "of-fensive".

      • More than one web address will also activate “waiting for moderation”. Make sure the web address does not have any forbidden word or fragment.

      Sum Dude routinely updates the list of forbidden words/fragments.

      Two of the most filtered words are those containing the fragments "t-it" and "c-um". To quickly check your comments for these fragments, click on "Edit" on the Tool Bar and then "Find" on the menu. Add a fragment (without hyphens) one at a time in the "Find" slot and the offending fragment will be highlighted in your comments before you hit the Post button. Hyphenate the fragment(s) and then hit Post. And remember more than one full web address will also gain a "Waiting for Moderation".

      And said moderators still have not solved the chronological placement of comments once the number of comments gets above about 100. They recently have taken to dividing the comments in batches of 50 or so, for some strange reason. Maybe they did this to solve the chronology problem only to make comment reviews beyond the tedious.

      "Raison's Filter Fiber© (joking about the copyright)
      1. Here's my latest list – this seems like a good spot to set this down, as nobody's posting much on this thread.....
      bad letter combinations / words to avoid if you want to post that wonderful argument:
      Many, if not most are buried within other words, but I am not shooting for the perfect list, so use your imagination and add any words I have missed as a comment (no one has done this yet)
      – I found some but forgot to write them down. (shrugs).
      c-um.........as in doc-ument, accu-mulate, etc.
      sp-ic........as in disp-icable (look out Sylvester the cat!)
      ho-mo...whether ho-mo sapiens or ho-mose-xual, etc.
      t-it.........const-itution, att-itude, ent-ities, etc.
      tw-at.....as in wristw-atch, (an unexpected one)
      va-g....as in extrava-gant, va-gina, va-grant
      ar-se....yet "ass" is not filtered!
      jacka-ss...but ass is fine lol
      p-is.....as in pi-stol, lapi-s, pi-ssed, etc.
      o ficti-tious, repeti-tion, competi-tion.
      There are more, so do not assume that this is complete.
      okay words that you might not expect to be filtered....!!!

      Here's a word to add to the banned list: co-co-on
      whether it's c-oc, or co-on, this is ridiculous."

      March 16, 2011 at 11:20 pm |
  7. Leanne


    March 16, 2011 at 7:55 pm |
  8. jack

    i think the virgin mary might have enjoyed the makeovers.

    March 16, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
    • Betty

      For you people that don't believe in God can you PLEASE have respect for those that do. That is your choice not to believe however what kind of people are you that you have little respect for others. If I don't believe in something, I don't even think about the subject......so why is it that you people that don't believe have to sit here and offend and ridicule others. Fine, don't believe but try to be good people and have some respect.

      March 18, 2011 at 7:19 pm |
    • raphael

      are you out of your mind you obviously are missing a few grey matters

      March 22, 2012 at 6:04 pm |
  9. myway8

    They can remake the Virgin Mary up to the gazoo, faith won't be smeared.

    March 16, 2011 at 11:14 am |
  10. Reality

    The Apostles' Creed 2011: (updated based on the studies of historians and theologians during the past 200 years)

    I might believe in a god whose existence cannot be proven
    and said god if he/she/it exists resides in an unproven,
    human-created, spirit state of bliss called heaven.

    I believe there was a 1st century CE, Jewish, simple,
    preacher-man who was conceived by a Jewish carpenter
    named Joseph living in Nazareth and born of a young Jewish
    girl named Mary. (Some say he was a mamzer.)

    Jesus was summarily crucified for being a temple rabble-rouser by
    the Roman troops in Jerusalem serving under Pontius Pilate,

    He was buried in an unmarked grave and still lies
    a-mouldering in the ground somewhere outside of

    Said Jesus' story was embellished and "mythicized" by
    many semi-fiction writers. A bodily resurrection and
    ascension stories were promulgated to compete with the
    Caesar myths. Said stories were so popular that they
    grew into a religion known today as Catholicism/Christianity
    and featuring dark-age, daily wine to blood and bread to body rituals
    called the eucharistic sacrifice of the non-atoning Jesus.


    March 16, 2011 at 10:55 am |
  11. Steve

    WhyIs This
    My last 2 posts were directed at Impishbrat but appeared after yours but whatever.
    Your 2nd paragraph talks about what faith is. You are correct to say I'm not right if I say with utter certainty that there is no God. However I see no compelling reason to accept his existence whereas your approach is basically wishful thinking. Faith is believing without just cause. With faith one can believe in anything and is not a path to truth.
    I don't know what happened to cause the Big Bang but guess what?...neither do you and simply creating explanations out of thin air isn't rational.
    As for the rest of your post it all comes down to Argument from Personal Incredulity or Ignorance. Just becuase we don't fully understand this or that aspect of the natural world doesn't give credence to plugging in your God concept. Answering an unknown with a mystery does nothing to further knowledge. I'm happy to accept saying I don't know and will wait for further data to refine my understanding.
    The peppered moth story is only discredited in creationist literature. So they staged the photos...big deal...most wildlife photography is staged. The population trends are still accurate to decribe the effect of natural selection. Trying to discredit evolution at this point is sheer folly especially when considering the ridiculous supernatural alternative you suggest.

    March 16, 2011 at 9:59 am |
    • LJ

      It's happening because the person posting probably had their original post put into moderation. When that happens and they try re-posting to get past the filters when you reply it's put on the original one in moderation so the reply gets dumped at the end.

      March 16, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
  12. Doc Vestibule

    I've always found Catholic rationalizations for idolatry endlessly amusing.
    Remember, you're not praying TO the Virgin Mary – you're revering her.
    It might look like idolatry, what with the kneeling before her statue, invoking her name in prayer etc – but really it isn't! Honest!
    And those 10,000 saints? Why, you pray THROUGH them, not to them.
    You see, like the King of Lilliput, God has flappers. If you have the plague, for example, pray to Saint Valentine and he'll wiggle Gods ear with a bladder on a stick on your behalf.

    Any religion that can worship a trinity and still call itself monotheistic can rationalize anything!

    March 16, 2011 at 9:27 am |
    • civiloutside

      That's Laputa, Doc. A different kingdom altogether from Lilliput. I'm right in the middle of that part of Gulliver's Travels 🙂

      March 16, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      I stand corrected, sir.
      Been a long time since I read Swift!

      March 16, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
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