Volume 92, Issue 28

Friday, October 23, 1998



Visions of a mere mortal

By Emily Chung
Gazette Staff

Courtney Milne and Sherrill Miller once met a man who owned an electric stove, but always cooked his breakfast on a wood one anyway, which he fuelled with sticks. He explained this was his way of staying connected to the world around him. While researching Visions of the Goddess, Miller finally understood.

The new book is thematically a natural follow-up to Milne's acclaimed earlier books of photography – Spirit of the Land and The Sacred Earth. Written by Miller and featuring Milne's photographic images,Visions of the Goddess is a celebration of feminine spirituality and the power of nature.

"It has been a powerful understanding for women to recognize feminine power was always present in cultures," Miller remarks. "Most people are saying nowadays those cultures were ones which operated more on the principles of balance, using one's intuition, being connected to the world around them and feeling harmony in their lives." The book seeks a reconnection to these ancient values.

Despite the greater prevalence of goddess worship in the past, Visions of the Goddess is not a book of ruins, archaeological digs, or even statues. "The goddess was always manifested in the land," Miller explains. "Goddesses were represented by trees, rocks, rivers, streams, volcanoes, mountains. We wanted this book to reflect that."

Ambitiously, Miller and Milne sought not to illustrate but to portray the earth goddess – not the same thing according to Miller. The photographs are meant to create a feeling of mystery. Milne's use of multiple exposures results in many images, which he describes as impressionistic. "The photograph may evoke questions more than give answers," he suggests.

Their book tour is a multimedia event featuring slides from the book and music by Vancouver singer-songwriter Ann Mortifee. "We call it a concert," Miller says. He hopes the audience will be pleasantly surprised, even inspired by the performance. The pair have been promoting the event with the warning: "This show may be dangerous to your complacency."

Milne and Miller will be performing at the London Regional Art and Historical Museum at 8 p.m. tonight.

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