CREATIVE WOMEN AND NURTURING MEN
My art gives cultural form to existing, yet often invisible, social possibilities. I grew up with the stereotype of the woman as a static object and the man as a lonely, suffering hero. In my quest to expand these images to include my experience as a creative subject, I travelled to India. Here I discovered images of incarnation that link female humanity with the divine. In scriptures such as The Ramayana, I found a heroine, Sita, who develops over time. She is not static.
Returning to the West, I engaged with various ways to integrate these empowering insights. In the psychology of C.G. Jung, the concept of individuation presents a way of relating to the Christian tradition that allowed me to express my real self. Jung sees Christ as an archetype of the Self. We are not asked to literally imitate Christ but to carry our own cross – that is to take seriously our own issues and conflicts and to face them, rather than projecting them out onto others. This enables me as a woman to grow and develop – as in the Christa series of sculptures and The Art of Grieving paintings. This is a form of Christian art that does not illustrate biblical events and personalities. Rather, the focus is on representing what happens to a person’s humanity when s/he participates in Christian teachings and examples.
The theme of the Father and Child is based on my observations of contemporary men with their children. I am also interested in developing the symbol of God as a father. Familiar images depict God as an old man up in the sky. This image supports a transcendent, distant view of the Divine. To balance this, a young father who is practically and emotionally involved with his child, supports the idea of immanence and accessibility.
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