Traditionally there have been too few images of women in icons, too few Orthodox women iconographers, and too few Catholic women who teach, or are recognized as female mystics. In light of this historical absence of women in the traditional Byzantine era, there is room today for change and new expression.
Page from the book, Women of today still embrace the doctrine and discipline while continually maintaining the celebrated prayer focus which is the finest aspect of the practice. Byzantine style Icons are an organic and dynamic piece of tradition dating back 1,700 years.
The practice of egg tempera has quietly endured and continues to speak across generations even today. “As a contemporary iconographer, adding new image and perspectives my physical, mental and spiritual strengths are reflected in the art form while my attention is tuned to an inner silence.”
Traditional Byzantine icons are a gift the Orthodox Church has given to the world, a well preserved doctrine for the expression and unification of believers. I have used the Orthodox tradition. Yes, with absolute respect. Contemporary Icons challenge the ongoing understanding and revelation of the divine story found through image and doctrine. Remembering we are all children of God, representing both women and men, there is no limit to the imagery in iconography.
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