Recently I have been reading Missing Mary by Charlene Spretnak. Passionate about Marian spirituality, Charlene offers profound theological reflections on ancient Mother-lines and the mysterious role of The Virgin Mary. She challenges us to look ahead as Queen Mary ascends to the throne once again.
In all my years of designing archetypal images my greatest challenge has been Mary. I have attempted her many times but so far I have not been able to portray her in a way that brings me to my knees. Virgin, Sophia and Rebirth (shown above) are reminiscent of her. But, I long to create a silver pendant that distinctly gestures Mary’s divinity, grace, and compassion. Generally, I call this new piece Grace.
When my mother passed away I began work on Lily or Peace Lily (green wax carving shown above in progress) which has a similar feel to Grace. And, lately as my daughters have become mothers, I find myself visiting her again. The theme runs deep.
This past weekend, just before a thick blanket of snow covered us in Virginia, a young friend and inspiring fellow artist with child, lost her mother, also a friend, to cancer. I am consumed with contemplation of the qualities of sorrow, grace and unconditional love that mothers and daughters routinely embrace. So today, still under that blanket of snow, I pulled out the old sketches of Grace continuing with the goal of adding Mary to the Goddess, Mothers and Daughters Collection.