RESPONSE BY KATIE K FOR HER PREVIOUS BANNER THAT SOME THOUGHT WAS “NEW AGE”
I just got a call from Eric Gajewski and he told me that my promotional artwork banner for TradCatKnight’s May conference was getting a lot of flack on social media. I felt as the artist behind the piece, I deserve to respond to clarify things for anyone who may be unsure of the licitness of the depiction. The way I understand it, a lot of people seemed to think it was ‘New Age.’
I want to assure anyone in doubt that I am a lifelong Traditional Catholic who has no connection to the New Age movement.
Then I want explain the picture and it’s symbolic meaning; as well as the particular art style. I believe those two aspects will cover most of the objections.
In the artwork, the Virgin Mary is represented as the Tree of Life as she is the one who bore us Christ the Redeemer, the Giver of eternal life.
The eagles amongst the branches represent the souls that take refuge underneath Our Lady’s mantle.
The rays of God’s justice are shown to be emitting from the Sun; a representation of Christ as the Son of Justice.
The rays are impacting violently against a sinful earth shown below, but the eagles are preserved safely.
It goes without saying that the depiction is not meant to show Christ in any contradiction with the Virgin. It is merely symbolic of the manner in which the Our Lady holds back the vengeful hand of Her Son in order so that the sinner may be given more time to repent. She does this in a special manner for those who are most devoted to Her Immaculate Heart.
I believe one of the things that’s prompted people to see this representation as ‘New Age’ is the image of a beautiful woman above a tree. I would like to point out that at Fatima, Our Lady appeared standing above a tree and Jacinta of Fatima described the Virgin as ‘so beautiful, I wanted to melt.’ In other words, a beautiful lady above a tree.
The New Age movement, in no way, has a monopoly on any of God’s creations. The abuse does not take away the use. Should we stop referring to the Holy Virgin as ‘Madonna’ simply because a certain person of ill-repute has attempted to hijack the name?
Now, I also want to say something about the artistic style in which this picture is rendered. This is a style developed using modern digital rendering software. I must stress this is ‘modern’ with a lower case ‘m,’ not an uppercase capital ‘M.’
If one were to imagine this artwork in a Baroque or Byzantine style, would one still believe it to be ‘New Age?’
Eric and I plan to talk further about this very matter in our upcoming podcast.
So for now I only want to conclude by saying that I’ve never believed in apologizing for something that you firmly believe is not wrong. In other words, I fully stand behind the artwork, and I sincerely hope that this response of mine will clarify things for anyone in doubt. Thank you for your attention. -Katie K
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