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Faith Wilding, Woman Clothed in the Sun, 1985, mixed media, 22 1⁄4 × 30".

Faith Wilding, Woman Clothed in the Sun, 1985, mixed media, 22 1⁄4 × 30".

Faith Wilding

Anat Ebgi

The twelfth-century Benedictine abbess Hildegard von Bingen (known colloquially as St. Hildegard or the Sibyl of the Rhine) was a scientist, healer, composer, religious philosopher, and visionary mystic. She is perhaps best known for the last of these roles, having written down (or at least dictated) dozens of religious visions over the course of her life. Some of these visions articulate a cosmology or rehearse key moments of biblical mythology with new emphasis on the interconnectivity between the divine, the soul, and the world, offering a hermeneutics of relation. One recurring concept and word in her earliest visions is viriditas, a Latin term that literally means “greenness” but implies all manner of fecundity—the growth and survival of plants, people, and animals, as well as the expression of the divine spirit that connects all things for Hildegard. Her eco-feminist understanding

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