Black Madonna (Ornament) - Wisdom, Illumination of Mind and Protection.

Madonna/Saint: Black Madonna - Wisdom, Illumination of Mind and Protection.
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 Black Madonna - Wisdom, Illumination of Mind and Protection.

Her darkness represents the deepest and unknowable mystery of the Divine. At times she may come to us as the sorrowful mother who understands our most unbearable pain.

"Mother of God, may I be guided by your profound and deep wisdom. May my mind be illuminated and my heart burn with your love and compassion so that I grow in my ability to be of service to those who are suffering and are in need. So too, may I tread consciously and lightly upon this beautiful earth." 

About the Artist

Lynn Garlick started carving, painting, and producing her retablos in 1993. Her workshop is located in the high desert town of Taos, New Mexico, a landscape richly steeped in religious iconography and history. The retablo, or ʻboard behind the alterʼ, was originally created in New Mexico in the 1800ʼs in response to the lack of Bibles and Icons being sent from the church in Rome. The Santero (saint maker) painted retablos from pigment collected and ground from the local surroundings. The boards were hand hewed usually of ponderosa pine or tin. The practice has carried down through the generations and is still done this way today. Lynn paints her originals retablos on traditional pine boards carving and then paints them. To create her production work the images are mounted on baltic birch. 

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