Sorrowful Lady - Carmen van Huisstede

©Victoria and Albert Museum, London View Inspiration Details

Artist Statement

Carmen van Huisstede

I’ve admired this sculpture by José de Mora for many years. I love the way it manages to express such powerful emotion through her delicate facial expression alone. I could relate to this as I was experiencing strong emotions at the time and it was easy to identify with her sorrow.

I wanted to recreate the Virgin of Sorrow, but for a modern age. She is made of a neutral grey clay that represents woman of all ethnicities, her blue denim veil shows respect of tradition, but also a willingness to modernise. The blue is also a strong expression of hope.

I wanted my Virgin to be less of a victim and more someone who is willing to speak up against injustice. It’s a stronger reflection of the current moods of #metoo and #timesup. Her eyes are closed as if in contemplation showing a matching gentleness.

Sorrowful Lady - Carmen van Huisstede

©Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Inspiration details:

The Virgin of Sorrows

Bust

Granada

ca. 1680-1700

José de Mora

V&A collection reference number(s):
1284-1871

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