From Wild Mercy by Mirabai Starr
“A more feminine flavor of leadership is not something that only women crave. It is nourishment for men as well. Feminine wisdom feeds the human spirit. Mary Magdalene, in her passionate spontaneity, defiance of established plot lines, and the tenderness of her devotion, is an ever-living source of this soul food. Let her nourish you as you step up now. You may look to “the Magdalene” as a role model or an empowered mystic or call upon her as a metaphysical being available as a spirit guide. Either way, she can be an ally in our reclamation of feminine wisdom and power.
In the Dark Night of the Soul, John of the Cross described Mary Magdalene’s passion for Jesus as symbolic of the birthright of the human soul so on fire for God that she will do whatever is necessary to get to her Beloved.
Why did the Christian community fail to acknowledge Mary Magdalene as the intimate spiritual companion - probably closest disciple, maybe even spiritual equal - to Rabbi Jesus? And how has the mischaracterization of Mary Magdalene excluded women from full participation in Christ’s lineage? Mary’s way was the way of the heart. She exemplified devotion. The institutionalized church is the way of the analytical mind. Mary’s teachings are rooted in the body and grounded in direct experience with the sacred. The dogma of the church demanded unquestioned adherence to established doctrines and prescribed rituals. Given her personal relationship with Christ - a connection that did not require the intercession of a male authority figure - It isn’t difficult to see why Mary Magdalene would be perceived as a threat.”
Mixed media sculpture; ceramics, wood, pyrography, watercolor paint
original artwork $595
The moment of catalyzing totality flipped her world upside down and inside out. From that pain was born a gift, the ability to listen to the mystical, long forsaken voice howling from the depths. When the words came echoing back they were the cries of a young girl; “Father please tread lightly upon our Mother”.
This artwork aims to transform grief into forgiveness and unconditional love. My purpose is to bring awareness and appreciation for our connections to earth and spirit. I do this by creating art that reflects the beauty of the natural world and humanities role within it. The process of making informs the meaning as I create the artwork. The final result is a signpost on the path of an ongoing healing journey.
Mixed media sculpture; wood from a 111 year old fallen tree, ceramics, pyrography, watercolor paint.
original artwork $1100
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High fire ceramic sculpture
Sometimes the muse calls you to make something that you may not finish. Lack of a proper art studio at the time of making lead to her breaking in the process of transporting her for firing. All that remains are these photos. Her creation and destruction taught me so much..
Unfired clay sculpture
Diana; beautiful, warm, graceful, tender. Like a dove seeking a peaceful shelter she sought refuge with her ill-fated lover Dodi. Their legacy is vows unspoken, a future unwritten, a tragedy indelible in all our memories.
High fire ceramic sculpture
There is a longing in the hearts of those who wish to become mothers. A dream is born long before the child.
Bisque fired ceramic sculpture
This piece was created in a series. It was the beginning of my exploration of clay as a sculptural medium. I learned from making this piece that once you embed objects into clay, the sculpture can no longer be fired. The industrial knitting needle embedded in the belly references the pain, obligations and toil of existence in a female form.
Mixed media sculpture; unfired clay, industrial knitting needle.