Artist's Statement

In the year 2000, I had a miraculous liver transplant and a spiritual awakening. The mysteries of death and rebirth and their intimate connection changed me. This led me to embrace the full significance and healing power of Mary Magdalene.

Two years later I went on a pilgrimage to France with the purpose of exploring the sacred feminine in early Christian life. I knew little of what existed before the organized church.

What I discovered was a revelation. My heart caught on fire when our group explored stories about Magdalene. We visited places where she lived, taught and died that inspired my imagination and spoke to my own life.

The intention of these paintings is to introduce Magdalene to those who know nothing or little about her. For those who are familiar with her, my hope is the paintings and narrative might expand their experience and knowledge of her legendary life. Returning to the origins of early Christian teaching and writing reveals a much different story - one that has been in the dark.

These paintings are based upon classical references that illuminated Magdalene's life. Some I saw while in France. Others I found in my research. They acknowledge the widespread influence she had in the founding of early Christianity that was later dismissed by the church fathers. Unwilling to share the power, wisdom and influence of the feminine they discredited Magdalene by naming her a "penitent whore."

My journey reveals to me that Magdalene is the hidden body and soul of the Christian religion. She returns now to bring new feminine waters to our parched worldview. As a guide she is the mediator between the human drama and the divine and offers the promise of a loving partnership between the masculine and feminine. She lived this. She knew this. She was this. Is she the 'feminine messiah?' She is mine.

 

"Grace"
Sara's interpretation of the original
with her painting and narrative.

Here we see Magdalene idealistically portrayed at the end of her life when, legend states, she lived in the caves in St. Baume with only her hair covering her. The gesture with her hands in prayer expresses humility and reverence. Naked and open, we see her in the Presence of Being. Living in Grace she is no longer bound by external realities and exudes a sense of freedom and peace.

"They who make themselves simple to the point of nakedness, are not naked."

- The Gospel of Philip


 


Artist, Gregor Eckhart 1540
Some say it hung in Dominican choir loft in Germany.
Displayed at the Louvre in Paris.

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