Art: Janet McKenzie

American, contemporary

Janet McKenzie is a native New Yorker, born in Brooklyn and raised in and around New York City. She now lives in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont….Janet McKenzie’s painting, “Jesus of the People”, was selected winner of the National Catholic Reporter’s competition for a new image of Jesus at the Millennium by judge, Sister Wendy Beckett, art historian and BBC television host. Her interpretation of Jesus pays homage to two groups usually left out of such imagery, African Americans and women. In the words of Sister Wendy, “This is a haunting image of a peasant Jesus – dark, thick-lipped, looking out on us with ineffable dignity, with sadness but with confidence. Over His white robe He draws the darkness of our lack of love, holding it to Himself, prepared to transform all sorrows if we will let Him.” See:

Myrrhbearers cropped? Janet McKenzie

Mary Magdalene with Joanna and Susanna (The Succession of Mary Magdalene)  Triptych, First Panel

Copyright 2008 Janet McKenzie

Collection of Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, IL

For a discussion of Janet McKenzie’s series of works entitled The Succession of Mary Magdalene, see this text of “Janet McKenzie’s Women:Mothers, Midwives, and Missionaries”, delivered by Sr. Barbara E. Reid, O.P. Catholic Theological Union September 27, 2015.

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