If I could make the Gallerie
of my Madonna Roundels..
Someone would invariably ask me..
Why did you create these?
What do they mean to you?
since I cannot be there,
I thought I would give you
the backstory on each piece, starting with my Minerva....
|Caterina Giglio, Minerva Madonna detail|
Motherhood and Childhood
First of all, they are Roundels
to signify that this
union is as eternal as the circle..
never ending, affecting everyone.
My feelings concerning motherhood and child hood have changed
over the years..
As many of you know,
my own mother was an abusive alcoholic and I was infertile.
my art surrounding this issue
has always been loaded with possibilities...
Art and time heal of course...
and what I saw taking shape on my work table was the sweetness
of my relationship to both, childhood and motherhood.
a symbol of unity..
Made herself known to me as I was collaging and gilding lace and fabrics..
if you look closely you will see the word, Minerva which was in an antique Italian article that
I had cut up to use in the rounds.
Inquiring minds always want to know more...
I researched the goddess, Minerva
and found that the...
|Caterina Giglio, detail of the Minerva Madonna, hand dyed fabrics and gilt threads.|
Basilica of Saint Mary
was built on the former
Goddess of Wisdom
circular .. eternal.. all encompassing..
is the nature of
|Caterina Giglio, Minerva Madonna Rounde, Mixed Media on Khadi paper.|
is available in the
"The Goddess in all her manifestations was a symbol of the unity of all life in Nature"
The Language of the Goddess