In celebration of the 160th Anniversary of the Daughters of the Heart of Mary, United States Province
Dedicated by The Most Reverend Timothy A. McDonnell, Bishop of Springfield, Massachusetts, at Holyoke, Oct. 9, 2011
Painting by Janet McKenzie, 36" x 48", oil on canvas
"My hope was to create a timeless work of art inspired by the past, relevant right now and useful for future generations. This painting honors Marie Adelaide de Cice, Foundress of the Daughters of the Heart of Mary - the foundational subject of the work. She holds our world, symbolizing how the Daughters of the Heart of Mary carry love to the four corners of the earth.
The Blessed Mother, the highest figure, is the central link and bond to everything. She protectively holds the Child Jesus in her arms. The four flanking figures represent the order's presence in the world-South America, US/Europe, Africa and Japan/Asia. Each figure, presented timelessly, is draped in fabric referencing no specific era in order that this painting will remain relevant for future generations.
Painting this was a blessed and humbling experience and I trust I was called to bring forth this new image for a reason. It is my deepest hope that this painting, which comes sincerely from my heart, reflects the love and strength of the Society of the Daughters of the Heart of Mary - born from the courage of Foundress, Marie Adelaide de Cice."
Janet McKenzie, Vermont USA
Artist Janet McKenzie is known worldwide for her inclusive art, sacred and secular. Sr. Wendy Beckett selected her painting, Jesus of the People, first place winner of the National Catholic Reporter's global competition, which sought a fresh interpretation of Christ. Her painting, dark and modeled from a woman, celebrates two groups traditionally left out of iconic imagery of Christ - people of color and women. The artist faced intense criticism and threats as a result of her interpretation, yet over time Jesus of the People, has been established and embraced as a true icon of our time. Her book, Holiness and the Feminine Spirit -The Art of Janet McKenzie (Orbis Books, Maryknoll, NY) won the 2010 First Place Award for Spirituality (Hardcover) from the Catholic Press Association. Janet McKenzie has exhibited worldwide, including the Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University, Milwaukee and Loyola University Museum of Art, Loyola University, Chicago.