‘Beyond the edge of the world there’s a space where emptiness and substance neatly overlap, where past and future form a continuous, endless loop.
And, hovering about, there are signs no one has ever read, chords no one has ever heard.’ : Haruki Murakami.
Sweaty Betty has many faces. I wondered how she would manifest in the Mindlines.
From The Conversation.com :
‘A small naked female figure in silvered bronze emerges out of a swirling mass of organic matter. There is something excitingly unexpected about it all. Although not everyone shares this opinion of the recently unveiled memorial in north London to the feminist writer Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) by the artist Maggi Hambling CBE.
The statue is a project ten years in the making – but centuries overdue. Wollstonecraft was one of the most defiant and intelligent voices in the period of our nation’s history which is often termed the Enlightenment (1715 – 1789). The arguments she advanced for women’s equality feel familiar today, but they were radical in her age.
Wollstonecraft paid a high personal cost for making her voice heard. Vilified in society as an adulteress and for conceiving a child out of wedlock, her unorthodoxy was condemned by the very society she worked to improve. But her political writings are extraordinary documents, including letters in close dialogue with the leading thinkers and events of the day.’
And a few observations. The statue makes her look very Amazonian but I know from trips to the Tate Modern in London, sometimes you have to see the artwork up close to make a true judgement. Also many moons ago every six months my crystal warehouse company would attend a stone show in North London and I would drive pass the green in Newington Green where the statue is. Seems a strange place to put ‘Mary on the Green’.
And the Enlightenment.
The Universe is nothing but mischievous. Mary Wollenstonecraft was the mother of Mary Shelley who wrote Frankenstein and published on 1/1/1818.
Looking Good !
We were created together and as One.