BLESSED virgin rubber goddess - immaculate protection
Exploring the links between sex, religion, and the environment, the Blessed Virgin Rubber Goddess—Immaculate Protection reclaims the mythology of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Critchley’s invocation of the renowned holy mother turns Mary’s eyes toward the planet in crisis. Together with artist Lydia Eccles, Blessed Virgin Rubber Goddess was created to protect the rainforests, the source of condoms, and to inspire ecological stewardship of the earth.
The project generated significant controversy from the Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, as well as the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, which destroyed a Blessed Virgin Rubber Goddess poster at the Hynes T-stop in 1994, the year the goddess appeared in an installation on World AIDS Day at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston and at the Boston Center for the Arts.
The Blessed Virgin Rubber Goddess—Luscious Lady of Latex has since appeared on prayer cards, votive candles, and newspaper advertisements, and she has been the subject of numerous symposiums. Critchley’s goddess is an inventive call to ecological alms and arms—the ultimate link between the rubber tree, erotic pleasure, auto travel, and the overall health of the earth.