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Object 02

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Magdalene (contempt)
Magdalene (regrets)

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Object 02-WIP

  1. I think the most meaningful sculpture of MaryMagdalene to me is the one by Antonio Canova. I had the good fortune to see this sculpture in person in Genoa when I was in town for the Game Happens festival last year. It was in the Palazzo Bianco.
    1. the cool thing about 3d capture is it can allow you to capture the form and take away color. it becomes a lot easier to see whats going on in a sculpture. 3d capture takes away age even takes away context to a certain extent. I find it becomes a lot easier to figure out what it is that is attracting me to a certain object.
      1. In this case the arms which fall down guiding ones eye along with her gaze. to the cross. to the skull.
  2. 3d capture is a collaboration between me and a lot of machines. my choices. the camera. the algorithm.
    1. searching for the digital to leave it’s mark on the surface... don’t feel I’m there yet. Not about polygons but about just the way the object gets passed from program to program.
      1. The finishing takes away from the raw garbled feeling and it loses something when it loses the digital detritus. Yet, I do not want to just print the fragments, unless they have meaning. I feel characters should be whole. My work is not about destruction, and it is not about this skin of the surface.
      2. there is one fragment I do want to work with MagdaleneSkullFragment
    2. I find myself thinking like Rodin, of bodies in motion as sculpture, not a frozen moment of action but a phase the body is going through on the way to becoming something else. If anything the pose must be even more exaggerated.
  3. While I find the images resonating with me strongly I am a modern woman and I was rasied how I was raised. It is very hard to take these symbols at face value.
    1. Why is the Magdalene such an over-used symbol of feminine piety? Why the confusion of her historical significance as Christ’s first disciple and that of a prostitute? Clearly she represents female power and the struggle to contain it. But also a symbol of for women to consider their lives, to focus and reflect. And in that knowing of self, comes power, comes freedom of spirit, comes redemption.
  4. I guess I am not Penitent, not sorry
    1. I can consider being sorry
    2. AurieaMagdalene



Magdalene, 2015
hard and soft ground etching with drypoint
image size 19.5 x 29 cm

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Mythology FataleVrouwen ThreeMarys

Luke 8:2, Mark 16:9 (casting out seven demons, first to see Jesus post-resurrection); Matthew 27:56, Mark 15:40, John 19:25 (at crucifixion); Matthew 27:61, Mark 15:47 (at burial); John 20:14-18, Luke 24:10, Luke 7:36-50 (sinful woman washing and anointing Jesus’ feet, van der Wyden's depiciton)

According to the Christian New Testament, seven demons were cast out of Mary Magdalene. She stood by Jesus at his crucifixion. She was at his tomb when he was buried. She was the first person Jesus addressed after his resurrection. Nowhere in the bible is Mary Magdalene explicitly described as a prostitute.

There is a lot of confusion with her identity. She came to represent many different women.
...the woman taken in adultery?
...washes Jesus’ feet with her hair?

“In eastern Christian tradition, Mary Magdalene is regarded as having lived a life of great virtue. She is regarded as having been a close companion of Mary, the mother of Jesus. In western Christian tradition, various Mary’s within the Gospels were identified with Mary Magdalene. Mary Magdalene came to be regarded as a repentant prostitute only in western Christian tradition.
The association of Mary Magdalene with sexual sin has various biblical sources. Mary Magdalene was identified with the city woman who was a sinner. That woman, who had many sins, bathed Jesus’ feet with her tears, wiped his feet with her hair, and anointed his feet with oil. The seven demons cast out of Mary Magdalene were identified with seven deadly sins. One of those sins was lust. Jesus told the chief priests and elders of his people that tax collectors and prostitutes were entering the Kingdom of God ahead of them. Mary Magdalene was the first person to see the resurrected Jesus. Mary Magdalene was thus identified as a repentant prostitute.”[1]


  • Hair
  • Jar (of ointment)
  • Skull
  • Book
  • Crucifix
  • Angels
  • Cave
  • Partial Nakedness or Extravagantly dressed

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