A Melbourne artist has created small bronze figures of Australian Servant of God Dr Sr Mary Glowrey in the hope of one day creating a life-size statue in honour of this pioneering woman. Source: Melbourne Catholic.
Today is the birthday anniversary of Mary Glowrey JMJ (1887-1957). The Victorian born and educated medical doctor travelled to India in 1920 to become a religious sister and spent 37 years serving the most vulnerable. In 2013, Dr Sr Mary Glowrey was declared a Servant of God.
Inspired by her story and supported by Australian Catholic University, Melbourne artist Darien Pullen has created small bronze maquettes of Dr Sr Mary Glowrey.
Pullen researched information and photographs on the Mary Glowrey Museum website and started "cobbling together" different ideas. He first made charcoal sketches, followed by a wax maquette.
Pullen said he’d seen different photos but the “older Mary with the large round glasses seemed to be an interesting portrait head”.
Dr Sr Mary Glowrey is depicted holding a newborn baby, with symbols of Mary’s life a cross, stethoscope and her religious habit.
Each solid bronze maquette weighs around 7kg and stands at 28cm high. Pullen said the maquettes will go a long way in helping people to visualise the potential for a life-size statue of Dr Sr Mary Glowrey.
Dr Sr Mary Glowrey captured in solid bronze (By Fiona Basile, Melbourne Catholic)