Originally Posted on September 22nd, 2009
October 18, 2009, 3-5 pm – Reflections of the Feminine Divine, a new exhibition of artist Vera Vandendries opens at EWI in the Convergence Gallery. The exhibition explores the power of symbols to evoke feelings and give form to the unexplainable.
Empowered Women International &
Reflections of the Feminine Divine
Artist: Vera Vandendries
Opening Reception & Artist Talk
Sunday, October 18, 2009, 3-5 pm
Convergence Gallery, Alexandria
1801 N. Quaker Lane
Alexandria, VA 22302
Free Parking, Complimentary Tea &
Exhibition runs October 1-29th, 2009
Open Daily – 9:30am – 4pm
All artworks in the exhibition are available for sale.
The artist donates 50% of art sales
to support EWI’s cause.
Year-end donations welcome!
Free of Charge and Open to the Public
Reflections of the Feminine Divine explores the power of symbols to evoke feelings and give form to the unexplainable. From antiquity to the present, the archetype of the Great Mother touches the human heart and fires the imagination. For artist Vera Vandendries, this archetype holds deep universal meaning associated with the underlying power in nature, and the beauty, harmony, and order in this world. This exhibition shows cross-cultural currents as well as a fluid exchange between language and visual forms. In working with the principle of the Feminine Divine, Vera looked to different cultures – both past and present.
The Indian culture had the most influential impact on her. Traveling often to India, studying and contemplating their spiritual teachings gave her a base from which to approach this work. The defining moment was when she experienced first hand the efficacy of the Indian living tradition of worshipping the Goddess or the Devi. The experience of the powerful force of the Devi shaped her vision. The rich iconography of the Indian Goddess became hers.
In addition, Vera contemplated ancient Sanskrit verses honoring the Goddess to further illuminate the art forms. Finally, she sought the Divine Mother within her heart for inspiration. The layering of many symbols, from flowers, weapons to serpents whether ancient, universal or personal—the shapes and colors in Vera’s artwork suggest the ideals of beauty, abundance, and auspicious transformation that mirror the Feminine Divine.
The artist’s talk Goddess in the Mirror will take place during the reception on October 18, 2009 from 3-5 pm. Vera Vandendries will discuss the inspiration for her artwork, the layering of meanings associated with the symbols of the Goddess, the use of Sanskrit poetry in shaping the art pieces, which later inspired her own prayers, and the inclusion of the goddess’ image into different formats that depict visual teachings. The artist will talk about the powerful effect this entire process of contemplating ancient verses to the development of the visual forms, and in turn, writing her own praise from the art – has as a means of honoring the Feminine Divine.
This program is supported in part by the Alexandria Commission for the Arts