Sheila Mahoney Keefe
Media Visual Mixed-Media
Sheila Mahoney Keefe has lived a life of spiritual reflection and exploration which is deeply rooted in her own journey in Roman Catholicism and her travels to sacred sites as diverse as the New Grange in Ireland and Angkor Wat. Sheila’s works vary widely since her initial artistic works in woodcarving and sculpture, and she's moved into painting and pottery. While many of her pieces are highly representational as her retablos which are based on traditional Hispanic northern New Mexico art, she has also explored abstraction as a means of spiritual communication. Her collaborations with Fr. Mark Delery, OCSO , Our Lady of the Holy Cross Abbey, with Fr. Francis Dorff, O.Praem, the Norbertine Retreat Center, have given Sheila the opportunity to unite her images with their narratives.
Sheila has explored her own religious tradition and yet been receptive to other expressions of religious experience. More than mere exploration of a tradition, Sheila ventures with the goal of finding an interchange between herself and others. Constant re-examination of her own spiritual life and her curiosity of the spiritual life of the saints has allowed Sheila freedom to explore and produce works in a variety of media. Her representational works incorporate abstraction and her abstract works draw a viewer to at least one figure which directs the vision of the piece.
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