The project I am most excited to be starting is called "Goddess Meditations" which is a series of iconic goddess shapes which celebrate the female body as divine. I chose this project because after 6.5 years of making “skeletons with hearts” and I need a break from thinking mostly in red, black and white. I find the Goddess's energy to be super fun and right now I just want to fill her with color.
However, I’m not going to declare, once again, that I’m stopping my Beautiful Bodes series because I sure do keep making them. I love them and when I get a good idea for a way to play with them it buzzes around my head like a bee till I put it down on canvas. (Like these quilt-like designs I started playing with recently ...)
I've been in love with the Goddess as a spiritual force since I was a girl. Before I started my MFA program I had been in a department of Women’s Spirituality also at CIIS. I left after one semester because the opportunity to study art presented itself to me and I knew I had to take it...but I kept auditing classes in that mystical dept because sitting in a room with priestesses from around the world while they explain the cosmos to me is my preferred learning experience.
In the summer of 2015 I finished working through the book “Goddess Initiation” by my witchcraft teacher, Francesca de Grandis (@outlawbunny), and I painted this to commemorate my moment of self-initiation into a new layer of spiritual service.
I called her “Regereratrix”.
But it kept echoing in my head as I went through a phase last year of contemplating the Goddess as the “Great Mother of All Things” after a series of classes with Francesca.
And so I decided to commit to manifesting this “Goddess Meditation” series. It’s a perfect project right now for me to to play with color and find new harmonies of beauty. Ive been developing a bunch of color palettes to play with within her form and a stack of “Women Spirituality” books from when I was in grad school that I’ve been meaning to read for years.
My commitment is to make 100 paintings in this body of work. Some will be larger acrylic paintings and some will be smaller mixes of watercolor, gouache, ink, and acrylic paints. Ive made 13 so far.
I’ve sold most of the paintings I've finished which is cool. It’s definitely not a project for everyone but the random strangers who have walked away with these paintings have all been magical individuals with whom I was delighted to share my art.