Mater Mamucium, Mother of Manchester



Encaustic and pan pastel on cradled birch, 24″x24″
I’m pretty sure she’s complete. Maybe.
Manchester was called Mamucium when the Romans held it. The name is the romanization of the Celtic “mamma” for the river nearby. It could also come from the Celtic term for “breast shaped hill,” either way, Mother is the ancient association with Manchester. This work is my visual response to the attack in Manchester, my response to the loss of children and to grieving mothers. I’m a recent Catholic convert, and as a Presbyterian from birth, Mary was super weird for me until I learned more and got to know her and the theology around praying to her. If you haven’t looked into why she is wonderful and how praying to her opens new amazing doors, I highly recommend it! She knows pain, and she knows Jesus best.

Praying for these grieving families and for the world- and local-leaders who have tough choices to make.


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