Saturday, December 22, 2012

The Moment, It Speaks --- Day 351

Walk: Mindful Body
Distance: 14 blocks and teach yoga class

K. Libbey Nash, San Marco - Detail, 2009, Mixed Media 5"X5"

In Christianity The Annunciation is the announcement by the angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary that she would conceive and become the mother of Jesus, the Son of God, marking his Incarnation.
On a trip to Italy my artist friend, K. Libbey Nash, "began paying attention to the astounding number of paintings which depict  this critical moment in the history of Christianity - when the Angel Gabriel visits Mary with his important message." She also found the concept  of the Annunciation "asserting itself in my artistic representations of my experience."

As she worked with the concept in her paintings, she came more and more to believe The Annunciation "so exquisitely relevant in contemporary life." And she feels the words of the Scottish poet John Burnside about his poem Annunciation with Zero Point Field capture her thoughts.  Burnside said in an interview: 'For me the emblematic element in the Annunciation paintings or Annunciation story is one of something divine confronting the soul and making a demand of the soul and throughout our lives we are faced with moments when, if we are receptive enough, we could find out something new about the way to live.'

I believe K. Libbey Nash has captured that electrifying stirring up of soul energy in this small but powerful work.


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