This is a depiction of Mary, pregnant with Jesus. I was inspired by the scene where she goes to visit her cousin, Elizabeth, and they are both moved to communion with God, each in their own way. Mary speaks the Song of Mary in response to Elizabeth's prophesy that she will give birth to the Lord:
“My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is his name.
His mercy extends to those who fear him,
from generation to generation.
He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
He has brought down rulers from their thrones
but has lifted up the humble.
He has filled the hungry with good things
but has sent the rich away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel,
remembering to be merciful
to Abraham and his descendants forever,
just as he promised our ancestors.”
I wanted to create a work showing the loving and inward nature of Mary's contemplation, almost like a young girl thinking of her true love. Her graceful step was also intended to recall the march of a bride, since she is the bride of heaven.