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Meditation for the New Year

l999, mixed media on paper, 52 x 102", by Jenny Badger Sultan

Acrylic painting, 'Meditation on the New Year (1999)', by Jenny Badger Sultan. Click to enlarge Detail of acrylic painting, 'Meditation for the New Year': 5500-year-old Moldavian burial figurines, by Jenny Badger Sultan.


In this work, the wrapped, shrouded figure came first.

On it are three small white female figures modeled on the three "Stiff white ladies" found in the burial of a ten-year-old girl in Moldavia, 3500 B.C. (as shown in "The Language of the Goddess" by Marija Gimbutas). I was very touched by these burial offerings.

Around the shrouded figure came other images of death and loss:

Putting these images together with ones of rebirth, such as the snakes shedding their skins, helped me feel some wholeness and resolution in contemplating the cycle of life and death.
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