Many people don´t understand when I say I am an iconographer. That is when they really do need to go out and find different examples of iconography in works of art. And because I found that people need to be educated on the subject, I often give talks and presentations, especially on subjects like the classic woman modern iconographer. During these exhibits and talks, I often show my collection of new images or excepts from my latest book, In Light of Women.
I believe myself to be a woman committed to the art and theology. I am involved in iconography, an ancient technique used in the production of sacred image, dating back 1,600 years to a time when the minds of men believed they were inspired by God. The Holy Spirit did not descend to a few and ascend back to the heavens only once; we are inspired humans walking in a divine likeness even today. Changing the slant and interpretation of words and image does not threaten the history of Christian thought and the profound effect it has had on humanity and this is even more clear in iconography that we see in works of art. Today, this phenomenon has the potential to open our hearts and minds. Contemporary Christians are on a learning journey watching their consciousness unfold. Miller knows and has experienced that unfolding journey can be a tortuous one, while persevering to understand this entity many have called God.
I have been in this painting tradition for 25 years and found new places to share insights and the strict tradition has not dulled her senses. On the contrary she is quickly becoming a catalyst for change. I think the bible can be thought of as hugely misogynistic, not because the men who wrote the words were particularly bad guys, but because in the first century women were not simply discriminated against, but often silenced. Yet, there are many subtle small slogans for women to regain their rightful place; as an example the Apostle Paul said ‘women should learn’. These few words actually become quite revolutionary. Given that the instruction was issued within a society which didn’t educate women, it seems Christ was trying to balance the behavior with a new mind even so long ago but we just simply have not fully grasped it even today. Women have been waiting for nearly 2,000 years to be given an equal but different place in the kingdom, before they die. ‘Men of God ‘ it is time for us all to teach and give guidance to bring Christs’ directives of love and equality into fruition.