About Janet McKenzie-
Jesus of the People
Commissioned by Carlow University, Pittsburgh, PA
Beloved mother Mary protectively and lovingly holds humanity within her mantle.
The inclusive subjects within Mary’s mantle, archetypes symbolizing a small portion of the human race, honor diversity. The action of this painting is given to a child of Mayan heritage, this beautiful child from Guatemala, who represents indigenous people and Latin America. All have their eyes closed and are in communion with God except for the child who looks out to us. Her stance is one of innocence with her lightly held hands yet her arms present the possibility they may just unfurl into the same protective gesture as Mary. She is the voice of the innocent reminding of the purity of children who are the hope for the future. My heartfelt wish for this painting is that it will invite prayer and quiet reflection and serve as a welcoming beacon of hope to people of all races, religions, genders and ages.
Prints of Mary – Mother of Mercy available, click below.
by Sr. Joan Chittister OSB & Janet McKenzie
Joan Chittister, one of the most popular religious writers today and a prophetic voice for many years in the American church, had never before written a book-length treatment of the Stations of the Cross. However, when she heard that noted artist Janet McKenzie had painted the fifteen stations, she was eager to write the accompanying text. McKenzie's eye for the sacred and Chittister's profound meditations on the mysteries of the Cross are joined in this deeply reflective and inspiring book.
Available through Orbis Books www.orbisbooks.com and www.amazon.com
Janet McKenzie was the 2013 William Belden Noble Lecturer at The Memorial Church, Harvard University.
Holiness and the Feminine Spirit - The Art of Janet McKenzie was selected winner of the 2010 First Place Award for Spirituality (hard cover) by the Catholic Press Association.
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Holiness and the Feminine Spirit
The Art of Janet McKenzie
28 full-color paintings by award-winning artist Janet McKenzie with accompanying reflections by leading women writers. Published by Orbis Books. $28
All images in the book "Holiness and the Feminine Spirit" are available as custom prints including the book cover image "Holy Mother of the East".
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Holiness and the Feminine Spirit - The Art of Janet McKenzie explores how holiness can empower women and how empowered women work to bring about the reign of God. The paintings of Janet McKenzie and the accompanying reflections follow the life of Jesus through the women who gave him birth and carried his message to the world. The form and color of the images astound and the words of the text inspire!
The 28 contributors include well-known writers such as Joyce Rupp, Joan Chittister, and Diane Butler Bass, theologian Elizabeth A. Johnson, art critic Sr. Wendy Beckett, best-selling novelist Ann Patchett, social activist and writer Helen Prejean, feminist Chung Hyun Kyung, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori of the American Episcopal Church, and many others.
Artist Janet McKenzie has committed her life's work to creating inclusive art celebrating women. Creator of the controversial and well-known dark interpretation of Christ, Jesus of the People, she lives and works in Vermont.
To order copies of Holiness and the Feminine Spirit - The Art of Janet McKenzie go to Orbis Books.
All images in the book, Holiness and the Feminine Spirit - The Art of Janet McKenzie, are available for sale in custom print form. If you do not see the custom image you want listed on this web site please email Janet McKenzie at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call (802) 723-4122 to order. To visit the Print page go to Prints.
Vermont artist Janet McKenzie pays homage to the feminine figure through sacred and secular imagery. Ms. McKenzie's paintings depict an inner strength that often challenge and comfort the viewer. Using a variety of female forms including African American, Asian, and Caucasian women Ms. McKenzie is able create empowering images of women that are beautiful, thought provoking, and often haunting. Through her paintings Ms. McKenzie strives to convey the heart of the feminine being as a universal symbol of hope. "Women are for me sacred beings that are the foundation of life, subjects that have the power to captivate my imagination and inform my expression."
Ms. McKenzie's work is collected and exhibited around the world. At the Millennium Ms. McKenzie's image of Jesus, “Jesus of the People”, was selected winner of the National Catholic Reporter's "Jesus 2000” competition, by judge Sister Wendy Beckett. The painting was revealed for the first time on the "Today Show" during an interview with Matt Lauer and NCR editor, Michael Farrell. "Jesus of the People" confronts stereotypical thinking by celebrating Jesus as African American. The feminine aspect is served by the fact that the model for this painting was a woman.
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