David Habben


Glorified, Exalted, Ennobled (Matriarch)




Ink drawing on paper


Plate: 24 x 17 1/2 in.


Level 5, North Reading Area

“No matter to what heights God has attained or may attain, he does not stand alone; for side by side with him, in all her glory, a glory like unto his, stands a companion, the Mother of his children. For as we have a Father in heaven, so also, we have a Mother there, a glorified, exalted, ennobled Mother. That is a startling doctrine, I recognize, to some folk, and yet we ought to be governed by reason in giving consideration to this doctrine which is a revelation from God.” — Elder Melvin J. Ballard

“One challenge of creating something in black and white is to create enough interest that its focus can be seen despite the assistance of color. That idea seemed fitting for me in relation to the idea of a Heavenly Mother, because the thought of her is usually treated as a logical assumption more than a fully detailed narrative. In other words, Her existence is straightforward, but the person herself is a mystery. By using an elaborate and at times confusing image, but keeping the color monochromatic, I hoped to give the viewer a sense of those two dynamics and give them the opportunity to consider more deeply their feelings about a divine mother.” —David Habben