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About Janet McKenzie-
Jesus of the People
HOLY MOTHER OF COMFORT AND SOLACE'©
Covid - 19 is stealing our beloveds. Every part of our collective soul hurts and it is impossible to absorb the concept of how many have died and been taken from us so quickly across New York City, the country and the world.
This profoundly sad time of dying reminds us evermore and once again how much we need unconditional love and hope. Beloved Mother Mary, who has embodied the iconic feminine spirit across time, remains a steadfast and comforting presence to this young woman who rests her head on Mary's shoulder. We are all this young woman, each of us needing familiar maternal reassurance and a place to rest our own weary heads. Janet McKenzie
I think we all need comfort and solace at this time. I can feel myself sinking into her shoulder. I can feel her put her arms around me. I can feel myself releasing breaths I have held for too long. Reverend Katherine Burgess, Spiritual Director and Presbyterian Minister, the Presbyterian Church of Canada in response to "Holy Mother of Comfort and Solace", March 29, 2020
Radical Courage and the Feminine Spirit - the Art of Janet McKenzie
Solo exhibition of original paintings
Sheen Center for Thought and Culture
18 Bleecker St., NYC
'Hope', a video about Janet McKenzie's work in the world supporting the rights of women, immigrants and the LGBTQ community. The video was shown for the first time in March 2019 at the Universal Christ Conference, Albuquerque, NM, before an audience of 2300 and another 2800 webcasting!
Artist Janet McKenzie was a presenter at the Universal Christ Conference, March 2019, Albuquerque, NM. The Center for Action and Contemplation, founded by beloved Franciscan Fr. Richard Rohr, sponsored the event - for anyone seeking meaning and direction for their spiritual journey.
A Brave and Quiet Heart©
The subject within A Brave and Quiet Heart offers a gesture of possibility while simply looking at the viewer, flanked by doves symbolizing this person's inherent sanctity, something that is so often forgotten or dismissed. The pride flag is interpreted as inextricably part of their essence.
My hope is that A Brave and Quiet Heart will serve as a visual testament to hope over despair, to love over hate and to the memory of those souls who lost their lives at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, June 12, 2016.
Janet McKenzie, June 12, 2018
THE DIVINE JOURNEY COMPANIONS OF LOVE AND HOPE©
This work of art honors the feminine community. Fueled by memories of the past and created as a visual prayer for the present it is my hope this painting serves as a testament to the courage and strength of women into the future. Mary, the beloved foundational figure around which timeless women gather, reaches out to us through her gaze as her blessed child sleeps within her protection. Janet McKenzie, artist
Commissioned by Memorial Church, Harvard University and unveiled on the altar April 23, 2017 Jeffrey Blackwell, Harvard University, created this video - The Divine Journey A Painter's Mission: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCYTIBHzQBA
Janet McKenzie was the 2013 William Belden Noble Lecturer, Memorial Church, Harvard University
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Jesus of the People, Women's March, January 21, 2016 on the Mall in the front of the White House, Washington DC. Carried by Miranda Hovemeyer, Tisha Moore and Mae Gibson Wall, Chaplain, and their entire wonderful group from Minneapolis/St. Paul.
by Sr. Joan Chittister OSB & Janet McKenzie
2014 CATHOLIC PRESS ASSOCIATION BOOK AWARD WINNER!
The National Indie Excellence Book Awards Finalist 2014
Joan Chittister, one of the most popular religious writers today and a prophetic voice for many years in the American church, had never before written a book-length treatment of the Stations of the Cross. However, when she heard that noted artist Janet McKenzie had painted the fifteen stations, she was eager to write the accompanying text. McKenzie's eye for the sacred and Chittister's profound meditations on the mysteries of the Cross are joined in this deeply reflective and inspiring book.
Available through Orbis Books www.orbisbooks.com and www.amazon.com
Janet McKenzie was the 2013 William Belden Noble Lecturer at The Memorial Church, Harvard University.
Holiness and the Feminine Spirit - The Art of Janet McKenzie was selected winner of the 2010 First Place Award for Spirituality (hard cover) by the Catholic Press Association.
Holiness and the Feminine Spirit
The Art of Janet McKenzie
28 full-color paintings by award-winning artist Janet McKenzie with accompanying reflections by leading women writers. Published by Orbis Books. $28
All images in the book "Holiness and the Feminine Spirit" are available as custom prints including the book cover image "Holy Mother of the East".
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Holiness and the Feminine Spirit - The Art of Janet McKenzie explores how holiness can empower women and how empowered women work to bring about the reign of God. The paintings of Janet McKenzie and the accompanying reflections follow the life of Jesus through the women who gave him birth and carried his message to the world. The form and color of the images astound and the words of the text inspire!
The 28 contributors include well-known writers such as Joyce Rupp, Joan Chittister, and Diane Butler Bass, theologian Elizabeth A. Johnson, art critic Sr. Wendy Beckett, best-selling novelist Ann Patchett, social activist and writer Helen Prejean, feminist Chung Hyun Kyung, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori of the American Episcopal Church, and many others.
Artist Janet McKenzie has committed her life's work to creating inclusive art celebrating women. Creator of the controversial and well-known dark interpretation of Christ, Jesus of the People, she lives and works in Vermont.
Vermont artist Janet McKenzie pays homage to the feminine figure through sacred and secular imagery. Ms. McKenzie's paintings depict an inner strength that often challenge and comfort the viewer. Using a variety of female forms including African American, Asian, and Caucasian women Ms. McKenzie is able create empowering images of women that are beautiful, thought provoking, and often haunting. Through her paintings Ms. McKenzie strives to convey the heart of the feminine being as a universal symbol of hope. "Women are for me sacred beings that are the foundation of life, subjects that have the power to captivate my imagination and inform my expression."
Ms. McKenzie's work is collected and exhibited around the world. At the Millennium Ms. McKenzie's image of Jesus, Jesus of the People, was selected winner of the National Catholic Reporter's "Jesus 2000 competition, by judge Sister Wendy Beckett. The painting was revealed for the first time on the "Today Show". "Jesus of the People" confronts stereotypical thinking by celebrating Jesus as African American. The feminine aspect is served by the fact that the model for this painting was a woman.
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