Dr. Brenda MacKay - The Mirror Man

Dr. Brenda MacKay - The mirror of man | Yannis John

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Artist Statement

  • Study of Dr. Brenda MacKay seated on the "Haircut Sofa" (1): "The mirror of man"
  • Mixed Media on Supawood
  • 845 x 1025 mm
  • Brenda McKay

    Dr. McKay, from her book about George Eliot’s Victorian attitudes;

    "George Eliot had a powerful, spiritual sense of the numinous – of awe concerning the mysterious processes underlying the life force and the existence of the universe"

    "Feuerbach spoke of the false theological essence of religion, in order to emphasise what in his view was its true anthropological meaning. Since Jesus was in fact human and mortal, reasoned Feuerbach, we should seek God in man. In all forms of worship humanity is in effect worshipping itself. “God” says Feuerbach, “is the mirror of man."

    Brenda Mckay grew up in South Africa and Swaziland. Dr McKay did a B.A. in English, Art History and Classical Culture, followed by an Honours Degree in Ancient History at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. She moved to England subsequently and completed an M.A in Victorian Studies (Cum Laude) and later a Ph.D in Victorian Literature and Science, both at Birkbeck College, University of London. She has also taught at Birkbeck College and the University of Hertfordshire.