Raine Black Madonna

Black Madonna by Lauren Raine

Ceramic Mosaic 45” x 35” 2018


Lauren Raine. MFA, is an artist and writer known for her “Masks of the Goddess” Collection that traveled throughout the U.S. for over 20 years. In 2015 the Collection was presented at the Parliament of World Religions in Salt Lake City, Utah. She has also created the projects “Spider Woman’s Hands” and “Our Lady of the Shards.” She received the Alden B. Dow Creativity Center Fellowship and has been a resident artist at Henry Luce Center for the Arts Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C, Cherry Hill Seminary, and Coreopsis Journal of Myth and Theater. See more of her work on her website.




Mythos is the ground on which cultures and religions are built, and the means by which we decide what is sacred and what is not. Artists are technicians of story. So what are the stories that we are telling about our world, and how are they manifesting? How are we serving the new myths that need to arise, or be restored? How can we give voice to the Goddesses and the Gods in contemporary ways, how can we renew our ancient Conversation with the land? What lost voices are surfacing, among the shards and debris of the past, voices that need to be reclaimed and heard? That seems to be my life long endeavor an artist and seeker.

Ancient pottery shards are fragments of lives long lost - not "artifacts" but lost stories. What hands made them, and what forces broke them? In the long advance of "his-story" lie buried forgotten Midwives who brought our ancestors into the world, the Goddesses cast aside in patriarchal monotheism, and Memory Keepers who hold sustaining stories that generate and inform the present. What might they tell us as we plunge into an uncertain future of ecological and social crisis? I reflect that many of us are engaged in the work of "surfacing". Faces, Myths, Presence: surfacing from among the shards.


LAUREN RAINE's "contemporary Temple masks", The Masks of the Goddess, traveled throughout the U.S. including the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, the Matrilineage Symposium, and the Parliament of World Religions . She received a Fellowship at Northwood University for her Project based on Spider Woman, and was resident artist at the Henry Luce Center for the Arts in Washington, D.C. In 2019 the Masks of the Goddess were exhibited at HerChurch in San Francisco as the closing of that 20 year Project. Currently she is working on a series called "Our Lady of the Shards".

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