Women in Icons
Women in Iconography,
their Emerging Voices
Mary Jane Miller is one of San Miguel de Allende's bright thinkers with an untamed spirit. She is a woman committed to the art and theology involved in iconography, an ancient technique used in the production of sacred image, dating back 1,600 years to a time when the minds of men believed they were inspired by God. The Holy Spirit did not descend for a few followers of Christ and ascend back to the heavens only once. We are inspired humans walking in a divine likeness even today.
Today new insights into women like Mary Magdalene are challenging our contemporary landscape. Art and image are powerful tools to bring about that change. Mary Jane Miller is fast becoming a catalyst for opening that discussion and raising interesting perspectives on old stories. Church authorities have greatly influenced the place of women on all levels of society along with a good bit of suppression. Miller's collection of new images explore the absence of women and their images in the sacred art of iconography in the past. The entire collection can be found in her latest book, In Light of Women. Women are finding themselves in a new world, after 2,000 years.