Queendom of flowers

My simple art is a personal journey into the Mysteries of the rosary: joyful, sorrowful and glorious (life, death, rebirth). It has been a long path through an inherited ‘masculine’ spirituality to eventually find myself in the rose garden of the great Mother goddess. The Mysteries are my way, but even more than praying them, I feel called to deepen into them through making beauty.

With no training as an artist I began with the classical paintings of the Madonna, but they were only a partial fit. After several years I turned to the flowers, wild indigenous flowers (fynbos) and the original five-petalled rose, as these are fresh from the Mother’s hand, precious and free. I prepare them using a botanical press before layout, and crown them with her forgotten names in a ‘Queendom of flowers’.

I imagine that there are many who hear the name ‘Mary’ and turn away, thinking of a remote docile figure in the church. But the Mary I turn to is right here, alive in the dark fir trees surrounding me, brimming in the rich soil under my soles, bursting in the impulse to create. She is the great Mother goddess who goes by many names, the earth herself, the wellspring and womb of creation.

The deep was not when I was born, nor were the springs with their abounding waters. Before the mountains were settled, before the hills, I came to birth. [Proverbs]

Julia Casciola ©