Iconography Exhibit December thru February 2019
Museum show in Cultural Center Mexiquense Bicentenario, Texcoco
San Miguel Artist, Mary Jane Miller who works with egg tempera medium, will have on exhibit 67 original egg tempera icons from her studio collection in San Miguel Allende, Mexico. The show is a retrospective and comprises her work spanning 2 decades and 4 styles. This is the first in a series of Miller’s egg tempera traditional icon collections to be shown throughout Mexico. The work is intriguing, expansive and radical as it diverts somewhat from tradition but conserves the message of Christ’s love for the church and humanity. Mary Jane Miller has dedicated 25 years of her profession as an Byzantine style iconographer of scared image and is quickly becoming a recognized voice in iconography.
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Why call it silent teachings?
Byzantine style Iconography is created through many layers of paint and thousands of small brush strokes. The end result is potentially a window to see into another dimension where the Image sees you, while you see the image. Not only are the images painted in silence, the lasting effect of gazing at a finished icon is your own documented memory in silence. The art of waiting in silence has less value in our busy world, yet always there for the taking, enjoy the exhibit.
The word Art comes from the Latin stem ar which means skill. The word sacred implies being devoted or dedicated to a deity. And the word God could be taken to mean the summit of human happiness. These etymologies reflect the profound necessity humankind has for defining our history and religion through sacred art. At least up until the last 500 years, art and God have been unmistakably linked. The purpose and inspiration for devotional art has traditionally been to join or bind together our physical and spiritual worlds.
Mary Jane Miller welcomes anyone interested, curious or confused about iconography and the journey there of, to come for a studio visit, call for an appointment. peace