CARRIE MAE ROSE - 2024 Santa Fe Reads Kick-off Event

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Talk and presentation on the art installation “Relentless Divinity”  created in celebration of “Circe” by Madeline Miller by Artist Carrie Mae Rose.




Southside Library


Relentless Divinity

An Art Installation for the 2024 Santa Fe Reads


Carrie Mae Rose is an American fine artist, known primarily for her sculpture, installation, print, and performance work. Rose's work is meant to expose, protect and decorate the female body while exploring the tensions between vulnerability and violence, purity and power, and reverence and rage. Rose's work seeks to create a new culture of feminine wisdom where each person feels safe enough to feel beautiful. 

Carrie Mae Rose has been invited to participate in events with MoMA NYC, Brooklyn Museum, Eyebeam Art & Technology Center, Microsoft Social Computing Symposium, Rockefeller Cultural Innovation Fund, NY Hall of Science, Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, IgniteNYC, Princeton Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department and Parsons the New School for Design. She has exhibited work in numerous galleries and museums nationally and internationally. Rose holds a B.A. from Prescott College and an M.F.A. in Design & Technology from Parsons the New School for Design.


Relentless Divinity

[Pharmakeia of the Southwest] 


By Carrie Mae Rose, Artist


Art Installation of large scale wings made with plants, materials and gemstones from the Southwest US.


Dimensions: 16-18ft length x 8-10ft height x 1-2ft depth 


Materials: Native Plants to Southwestern US, agave leaves, yucca, other found plant materials, gold-metal leafing, wire, screen, thread, paper, fabric, gemstones, wood 



Inspire the local community by sharing the expansive wings made with plant fibers from the Southwest region of the US. This sculptural installation aligns with the intention of the 2024 SANTA FE READS: to connect the community to explore the themes of The Hero’s Journey, Female Strength and Greek Mythology.


Inspiration from Circe by Madeline Miller 


Slowly, my relentless divinity began to make headway.” p65


Pharmakeia, such arts are called, for they deal in pharmaka, those herbs with the power to work changes upon the world, both those sprung with the power to work changes upon the world, both those sprung from the blood of the gods, as well as those which grow common upon the earth. It is a gift to be able to draw out their powers…” p67


“‘Aiaia.’ I tasted the sounds. They were soft, folding quietly as wings in the darkened air.” p94


“‘Athena would kill my child, and so I defended him,’” I cried. ‘Be witness now to the power of Circe, witch of Aiaia.’ White smoke billowed into the air, rising, spreading. It massed, forming a great arc over the island, closing us in. A layer of living death. If Athena came, she would be forced to turn aside, like a shark meeting fresh water.” p254


It was done, I finally realized. We were free. Not just from Athena, but from all of them. The spells hung on me, yet I felt weightless. For the first time, Aiaia was ours alone. Giddily, I knelt and unwrapped my fighting son. I set him down upon the earth, free. ‘You are safe. We may be happy at last.’” p255


Circe’s Lovers:

Daedalus (father of Icarus) - “A golden cage is still a cage.” p155


Hermes - “You can teach a viper to eat from your hands, but you cannot take away how much it 

likes to bite.” p97


Odysseus - “He was another knife, I could feel it. A different sort, but a knife still. I did not care. I 

thought: give me the blade. Some things are worth spilling blood for.” p205








2024 Santa Fe Reads Kick-Off Concert & Event


In Partnership with

Santa Fe Teen Center and AMP Concerts


Join us to kick off the 2024 Santa Fe Reads and begin the journey of engaging with Circe by Madeline Miller.

All are welcome to attend the free celebration and activities from 12PM - 4PM, taking place at both the Santa Fe Southside Teen Center and the Southside Library throughout the day.


April 20th, 2024

12PM - 4PM

Teen Center

6600 Valentine Way, Santa Fe, NM 87507


Southside Library

6599 Jaguar Dr, Santa Fe, NM 87507






2024 Santa Fe Reads

2024 Santa Fe Reads, part of the NEA Big Read, is presented by the City of Santa Fe Public Library with the support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Arts Midwest, Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library, local sponsors, and community partners.


NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest


Santa Fe Reads NEA Big Read