Welcome to the first journal of our MOTHER year. The work in it is inspired by the story of Eve, whose name means “source of life" and is credited with the creation and destruction of each and every one of us. Yes, even you.
It is because of Eve that we are alive, and it is because of Eve that we die.
A quick summary of the world’s first mother’s life, in case you forgot. Eve eats a piece of fruit from the tree of good and evil and as a result is capable of having children and dying. You see, motherhood has always been inseparable from sacrifice.
This year we chose to represent our theme of mother with a graphic of a dot encircled by a thin line. (You can see it above.) It is a simple image, but in no way a benign one.
We all have mothers, which means we have all been the dot, protected and content inside that circle. And we all have mothers, which means that we have all been the dot, claustrophobic and stymied inside that circle.
Many of us spend our lives yearning to go back to that circle while simultaneously wanting nothing more than to escape it. We are drawn to our mother’s capacity for creation, and, in turn, repelled by her capacity for destruction, of us and herself. It’s all pretty complicated, really.
16 Unto the woman He said: 'I will greatly multiply thy pain and thy travail; in pain thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.'
Genesis, Chapter 3