2014 Copyright Mary Mihelic, Artist.  All rights reserved.

44” x 60”

Mixed Media on paper

Fall 2014


When Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathon spoke out against the Boko Haram at an inter-denominational church, he said, “We will not require people to come from heaven or other countries to solve our problems... “  One might argue he probably shouldn’t turn away a miracle.  This remark was followed by The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Ayo Oristejafor, referencing scripture and stating, “Nigeria was a boat built by God that could never sink.”  This artwork destroys the word built as a metaphor for religion devastating the country.  The metaphor becomes even more relevant over time as more and more people flee Africa due to ISIS and the Boko Haram, attempting to cross the Mediterranean in inflatable rafts, overloaded fishing boats, and old rickety wooden boats. It’s been reported that Muslims onboard some boats have been throwing the Christians overboard.  Pope Francis recently described the Mediterranean as on the verge of becoming “a vast cemetery”.