Janet McKenzie



The Guardian Angels, With Mary, The Girl
Oil on Canvas

Statement: They stand as a triad, like centurions, over the girl Mary, who has not yet been called. They pray for and over her, and they move in cadence with her every step. These women, an angelic presence just for her, love this girl who will bring forth the salvation of the world. A child still, she sits and holds her lilies and looks out with eyes of innocence. Mary's angels were with her before time began, they watched as Gabriel visited and they silently wept when her child took his last breath, and later when the woman was done with life they rose in glory alongside her.


Bio: Contemporary American artist Janet McKenzie has committed her life and art to celebrating women's lives and gifts. Best known for her "Jesus of the People," the controversial winner of National Catholic Reporter's Jesus 2000 international competition, McKenzie's work boldly confronts and confounds stereotypical thinking with luminous and haunting imagery. Her art was featured in book form in Holiness and the Feminine Spirit The Art of Janet McKenzie and The Way of the Cross The Path to New Life (written by Sr. Joan Chittister, OSB), published by Orbis Books. Her art has been exhibited at the Haggerty Museum of Art in Milwaukee and the Loyola University Museum of Art in Chicago, among other venues throughout the country. Janet McKenzie was the 2013 William Belden Noble Lecturer at the Memorial Church, Harvard University.


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