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Book Review—Symbols of the Spirit: A Meditative Journey Through Art
By Glen Rogers, ©2019 Luna Arte Contemporáneo
Paperback, 104 pages, US$30 or 500 pesos plus US$5 shipping from email@example.com
You will want to savor your time with this gorgeous volume created with love and wisdom by very talented printmaker, painter and sculptor, Glen Rogers. The book is filled with Glen’s beautiful artwork expertly laid out and printed in rich colors, accompanied by short text and guided meditation.
Glen’s work has long been grounded in archetypal imagery—metaphysical symbols from the collective unconscious. As a young feminist artist, Marija Gimbutas’ insights in The Language of the Goddess spurred Glen to walk in the footsteps of early goddess cultures. Over the next several decades Glen made spiritual and artistic pilgrimages to sacred sites around the world. On these journeys and in her art and life in between, Glen discovered and nurtured an internal resonance with sacred archetypal symbols, which then became a focus of her work. When she began authoring this latest volume, she set out to write a book about two of her favorite symbols: the bird and the lotus. Once she began, however, she quickly realized there were eight key symbols that appear again and again throughout her body of work.
In Symbols of the Spirit Glen writes a two-page essay on each of these eight symbols that have imbued such meaning and beauty into her art and daily life: the bird, circle, lotus, moon, seed, spiral, vessel and vesica piscis. She covers the symbols’ historic use and meaning as well as how they came to speak to her personally. Glen includes a short meditation or experiential activity inviting the reader to connect with the energetic properties of each of the symbols: to “experience it with your heart and allow the images to become part of your visual and spiritual vocabulary.” Click on any photo to enlarge it or view a slideshow.
The effect is one of pure joy and thoughtful contemplation. If you are looking for reading that nurtures the spirit, the heart, one’s creativity and authenticity, you will find it here. Merely touching the rich pages deepens and calms one’s breath. Keeping this book near you in your home or work space provides a quick escape from the harried world we live in.
Most Mazatlán residents have much to thank Glen for, including the First Friday Art Walks in Centro Histórico and the OMA Gallery at the airport. She owned Luna Art Gallery in Mazatlán, and currently splits her time between our city on the bay and San Miguel de Allende. Born in Mississippi, Glen holds an MFA from San Jose State University and has a long and esteemed art career. For decades she worked in public art and as a community leader. Glen has had solo exhibitions throughout the USA and Mexico plus several in Peru, and group exhibits on four continents.
Glen feels that these eight archetypal symbols offer a promise of healing and transformation, a spiritual and artistic anchor to the Sacred Feminine. She views the creation of art as meditation—a communing with a higher power. Working with ancient symbols provides a bridge to our ancestors and a heart connection to the past. Glen’s experience tells us that these symbols provide healing on a subconscious level, and that once we’ve healed ourselves we can heal the world, because archetypes allow us to go deeper inside to find new truths to the dilemmas we face individually and collectively. Do we really need reasons more powerful than these to invest our time and talent?
Glen’s record of giving back to the community and trying new things is evident in this book. Making such personal works available to everyone—artist and non-artist alike—allows us a peek into what pushes someone as amazingly talented as Glen, and in doing so inspires us to look inward as well. Meditating with Glen via these precious pages is a truly therapeutic endeavor. Contact Glen to start enjoying your copy.
“The man who speaks with primordial images speaks with a thousand tongues.”
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Medwyn McConachy said:
Congratulations on this lovely review Glen, it is always so affirming when a significant piece of work is seen and felt so well.
Thank you, Medwyn! Yes, I agree. It’s wonderful when someone ‘gets’ what you are doing and can write about it so beautifully like Dianne did.
Michele Atkinson said:
Congratulations on the review, highly deserved!
Followed your FB posting about Patzcuaro with interest. Are there other Taller de paper to visit from SMA. Would love to plan a small trip next winter
Am now working in Vt in my garage studio. Really nice to be in the green fields in summer
Be well. Hello to Jan.
Hi Michele, Thanks, my dear! There is a papermaking taller outside of Oaxaca – if you guys decided to go that far. It’s in San Agustine Etla – I’ve taken my groups there many times. A small workshop and you can make an appt to make paper – but the entire complex is worth seeing – Centro de las Artes renovated by Fracisco Toledo, major Oaxacan artist.
Michael Selic said:
What a great review!
I look forward to reading and treasuring your book just as Carolyn and I treasure your prints as we look at them each day. Your work has developed from unique images expressing your personal connection and exploration of the soul of art to this and your previous volume which bring each of us closer to our own connection with the spirit that dwells within.
Thank you for bringing such joyous beauty and this opportunity for thoughtful contemplation to us all.
Our best to you.
Michael & Carolyn Selic
Thank you Michael & Carolyn! I really appreciate your thoughtful comments – as always. Will you be in California in October when I am up?
Michael Selic said:
Thanks, Glen…you know I meant it, every word! We may be in UK or GR permanently by Oct but we’ll connect sometime soon. We’ll let you know as our plans firm up…save us a book! -m
Your upcoming move sounds exciting! I can send you a book from here now – for only $5 shipping – so $35 total. If you want, message or email me; firstname.lastname@example.org and send me your mailing address. You can make a deposit in my BofA account or paypal.