Mother of All 2011

Mother of All 2011

Mother of All – The widespread and profound symbolism of the Madonna or Virgin Mary, in image, form or even concept, could not be denied by even the most trenchant atheist. She is an unmistakable metaphor for the ultimate mother, infinite love, compassion, and supernatural purity. To this heady mix of meaning the black Madonna brings even richer symbolism. Far from being a provocative contemporary appropriation, the black Madonna has a defiantly mysterious origin that predates Christ by centuries and spans many cultures. In this collaboration, Karla Dickens and Ishta Wilson, two artists living and working in the Northern Rivers region, continue the long tradition of reinterpreting, venerating and seeking solace in the “mother figure” by creating works in ceramic and mixed media.