Owl Woman and The Eye Of The Heart

The Eye of the Heart.  I used two pieces of fabric from the original applique from the old quilt to make the heart.

It was Donna’s comment on my blog that reminded me of Meggan Watterson’s idea of Angels and The Eye of the Heart.

When Donna wrote about my Owl Woman….This is getting interesting, Maria! What is happening between Owl Woman and Little Owl? Makes you wonder. Her words woke me up.  I didn’t have to wonder anymore. I suddenly knew, remembered what it was all about.

I wasn’t aware, but all along, from the moment I drew my Owl Woman and chose her to be the start of a new fiber painting, my subconscious was at work.

It was a week or so before that when I began reading the book Mary Magdalene Revealed by Meggan Watterson.  It’s about the Gospel of Mary Magdalene which was discovered in a market in Cairo in 1896 written in Coptic on ancient papyrus. It wasn’t published until 1955.

I got interested in the book when Janet Hamilton wrote about it on her blog. Then she sent me a copy which I’ve been slowly reading.

In her chapter, How A Feminist Sees an Angel,  Watterson writes “Angels are the thoughts, the memory, the sensation of love.  They are whatever comes and shifts us from being lost within ourselves, to seeing again, not with the ego, but with the eye of the heart.”

Watterson describes the scene from religious paintings of Mary Magdelene literally being lifted up by winged angels.  In my mind, I thought of each angel as a true and kind word releasing Mary Magdelene and all women from the idea of Original Sin.

Watterson writes “…know that this is the most important message of Mary’s gospel: we are inherently good.

She explains that the point of Mary Magdalene’s gospel isn’t about “becoming someone else, someone better”.  It’s about being able to see who we really are, what is truly inside of us,  without the voices and images of ourselves that people have put on us and we have taken in.

And in this moment of recognition” Watterson writes, “this is when we save ourselves, from the self that was never real to begin with.  This is when we see with the eye of the heart.”

The message felt very personal to me.  It took years for me to question the idea that we are born sinners and how the Bible often depicts women and their bodies as immoral and something to be ashamed of.

And I loved the image of Mary being lifted up by angels.  The symbolism of each one of us, shedding the lies and being lifted up by the truth. It made me wonder what my image of this phenomenon would look like.  How would I paint it?

This all came back to me when I read Donna’s comment.

Not so much in words, but in images.  The images I’ve been creating in my Owl Woman fabric painting.

Working on the Eye of the Heart.

I still have to sew much of it down.

6 thoughts on “Owl Woman and The Eye Of The Heart

  1. Wow Maria! I do not have words big enough or special enough to even begin to describe the energy and magic and spirit that flows from this! I was in love with it before you added the eye of the heart…but that addition and its relationship to her large eye, while out of her physical body, and in a beloved tree no less, just blows. Me. Away. Amazing! OMG. I’m pretty sure I read that this was sold. But if you ultimately decide to also offer it in another medium (poster, magnet, card, anything!) my little fingers will be in a frenzy to get to Etsy! Incredible! So fun to gaze at and to get lost in! I find many of your fabric paintings (especially my Twin Healing Trees) my portal to meditation. Thank you! Hugs…

    1. THanks for your excitment Kathye. I thought the same when I added the eye of the heart. It almost gives her eye context. I’m sure to make it into another form to sell.

  2. Oh, how wonderful. Now you’ve made me want to buy that book, particularly at this juncture in my life when I need to be reminded of the power we have as women and innate goodness, including my own. Magical messages are now abounding in this artwork you are creating. Can’t wait to see what’s next. Instead of what I wrote before, I almost wrote, “now this is getting personal.” But, I didn’t want to be annoying. It did seem clear that ideas were at hand that were motivating your artistic choices. I love when it’s personal and that you wrote all that you did to explain. Have fun.

    1. I’ve only read a bit of the book Donna, but already it’s touched me in so many ways. I think from what you’ve written it will be important to you. I think all my art comes from inside of me, but then I reach outside of me to understand it. I always find a connection to make between me and others this way.

  3. Oh Maria………..I can’t add anything else to what Kathye expressed about this piece and what you’ve written about it. So magical, powerful and beautiful. It’s such a gift to be able to watch you create from within. I’ll also be in line to have a small part of this when you decide what to make. Linda

    1. Thank you Linda. I’ve found that I really love sharing the process. It’s such an important part, I think, of understanding the art for me and anyone who sees it. Thanks for your good words.

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