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"David ben Miriam":acrylic on canvas by Susan Risk
David ben Miriam
After a fair amount of meditation in religious circles, I was curious about the stories about Jesus and many figures from Old and New Testaments of The Holy Bible.
In the belief that I had experienced seeing history (the newborn "David ben Miriam", born to be King and called Jesus) I started wondering how Mother Mary looked, and also, how she must have experienced as a terribly young person.
In my minds' eye, I could see that she was a short little girl,and that the story about her Immaculate Conception was probably quite accurate.
I saw images of the newborn child, and also of an adult David ben Miriam (Hebrew:"David, son of Mary")
I tried to unite my glimpses of the child Mary with the child Jesus.
What is Mystical/Religious Art?
What I saw of the Holy birth was that Mary did indeed have to stay in a stable when in labour. I could see that she stepped into a large cloth bag (the equivalent of an antique sleeping bag) and that this protected herself and baby from the animals' conditions.
I used myself as an anatomical life model, and also the aura of the birth of my own son to express the actual birth process.
You cannot see the electrical brilliancy of this, due to a bad slide, but the babys' umbilicus is surrounded by a dazzling white, spiralling aura of thousands of rays, as he is born.
I, myself, call images of the aura "Realism", however this type of work is usually called "Mystical".
When I had set out to paint the Virgin Mary, though, it was to illustrate an impression of her corporeal aura (the light of a bodys' nerves).
I wanted to show the spiritual gladness and brilliant energy of brand new birth. I wanted to show Mary as anywoman, and the holiness of birth as anybirth.
I believe that, in working with the flow of light, and in painting white light haloes around mother and child, that I have conveyed the sensibility of little Mary, a Mother.
Also Protest Art
I am a modern woman, with University credits in Theology.
When I set out to make a "Punk Art series of Valentines, I slanted my pieces to also express the sardonic, to make people awaken beyond cultural hypnosis or stagnancy.
I did not know where my heart would take me in elaborating a somewhat naiive craving for more love and romance.
As I approached the beloved, in my thoughts and experiential sorting of values, it was to find woman as mother (symbolized by little teen Mother Mary) and my own motherhood as a central core of my love nature.
I am no Mariologist, and I wanted to modernize what I disliked in Christian religious thinking. I wished to make the experience of birth a realistic, living experience, and to throw puritanism out, replaced by what was most likely the right action of the original event.
Our modern society watches childbirth on television. Childbirth is as natural as dawn and sunset. A woman giving birth is all woman. She does not exist as an unreachable, stiff virtue in a corner of a church- she is grunting, sweating and screaming. Still, she loves that child with all of her faith, and all of her heart.
My protest was not expressly punker, but the blood of afterbirth, the vagina, and the action of birthing were shown to evoke more compassionate, mature, and less dualistic thinking about mothering, sexuality and definitely, about womankind.
donated to Norfolk Street United Church, Guelph,ON.
"Blood of My Blood": Valentine Series,acrylic on canvas. by Susan Risk
Blood of My Blood
"Tulips": four foot acrylic on canvas by Susan Risk
When I purchased my spring flowers at a local florist, it was my intention to paint the hugest tulip that I could, given my tiny budget of fifty cents!
The work is in celebration and open admiration of a very great Naturopath, who saw the heart as an organ as if a ten foot translucent tulip petal.
Having the same delicate sense of the human body has become my goal.
this poem holds some of the values that, to that fine healer, were a true reality. It was written not about him, but desirously, by myself to myself.
"To All Vision Be Wed" by S. Risk, 1976
Oh! The curiosity that is
deeming the subject
vulgar or proper -
Lsting innocence sings
from only sparrows and wild things
And to all vision be wed,
And all Justice see
As all hearing sound
And all stillness be
And all feeling -
Rub Thyself against Thyself!
Earth I cannot deny you.
Earth I could not deny you.
included in copyright work #471696: "Meeting Ananda Bodhi -Heavenly Enlightenment"
art owner: Paul Aubin