Current PhD student, Rosalind Whitman, participated in a group exhibition at the Crypt Gallery from 7-17 September 2016. The exhibition, entitled 100x Madonna, offered 100 artistic perspectives on the icon of the Mother of Christ.
Whitman exhibited a set of bronze sculptures, which she explained are part of a project, " exploring aspects of the feminine image in religious mystery. The image of the Disclosing Virgin detailed in the catalogue is inspired by the Vièrge Ouvrante, a medieval wooden prototype of the Virgin Mother, in the Cluny Museum, Paris. My interpretation unites the person of the Virgin Mary with the Great Mother archetype of pre-Christian traditions. It refers to her incarnation in the form of a tree goddess, an image later adapted inthe Biblical story of the Fall."
The full exhibition catalogue can be found at: http://exhibitions.weebly.com/uploads/1/2/5/8/1258901/100xmadonnacatalogue9.pdf**