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The images in this collection are the intersecting point of several paths. I have found my way step by step proceeding from touch points which have emerged, some through conscious choice and some through dream state discovery.

I am intrigued with the old testament mythology which tells us that God created a divine feminine presence to dwell amongst humanity. This concept has had a constant influence on the work. I have imagined her as ubiquitous, watchful and often in motion. It is in effect, the photographic image of the invisible.

I am also moved by a quote from one of David's psalms, "Thou didst clothe thyself in light as with a garment" and indeed my feminine presence or "Shekhina" is, to me, often aglow with an inner light of spirituality.

It would be disingenuous of me to ignore the discomfort that may be experienced in some quarters as a result of some of these images. I am aware of the transgression inherent in connecting the female form with certain paraphernalia of Judaica traditionally associated with the male.

This work is my quest for insight. It has put me in constant touch with the question of my own spirituality and has been a deeply moving and expanding process. The pictures now look to me like dreams and have brought to consciousness a valuable bridge to a part of myself too often submerged by daily activities in the physical world.

Teilhard de Chardin has said, "We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human experience."

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