Collaborative assemblage by Lorma Williams Freestone and Thea Grigsby
Hildegard of Bingen mixed media, wood, goat skin, acrylic, ink, found objects (30.5”h X 17”w) $1,750
Hildegard Von Bingen, lived from 1098 – 17 September 1179, was also known as Saint Hildegard (although, not officially canonized by the church), and Sibyl of the Rhine, was a German Benedictine abbess, writer, composer, philosopher, Christian mystic, visionary, and polymath. She is considered to be the founder of scientific natural history in Germany. She is the author of one of the first artificial languages, the Unknown Language, a secret language used for mystical purposes composed of 23 letters. The paintings are all on goat skin parchment. At the apex is Hildegard's vision of the universe. Below that (on left) represents her naturalist studies and (on right), her medical studies. Hidegard wrote a book on medicine). In the center, Thea copied Hidegard's self portrait which is an illumination in the Liber Scivias manuscript. The poem (on the left) written in her secret language: Like billowing clouds, Like the incessant gurgle of the brook, The longing of the spirit can never be stilled. To the right of her portrait is a sampling of her music.