Courtesoult, a tiny village in France. Each house has an alcove for a stone or timber statue of a saint. Most of them are gone - weathered, stolen, sold to antique shops etc.
Maria was taken out of the alcove and placed on her own stool in the kitchen. My desire became to replace Maria in her alcove. Not the original wooden sculpture but the replica I was going to make of soft clay by copying the original.
I was allowed to make a replica with soft clay . After the clay stiffened. balancing on a stepladder on the hilly street, I put Maria back in place.
Later I decided to cover her with blue paint, to make my replica more of an icon.Christine Jetten