Macie always told me that she was born in the wrong era; I truly believe she was. ...Since she was a small child, others were drawn to her... From the way she moved her hands, her body-language, the way she turned her head and looked at you through those big, beautiful green eyes to her sweet, sweet, teeny tiny, chipmunk voice, her captivating giggle and her advanced vocabulary. Her disposition was so special that once you met her, you could never forget her. She was always a hippie, flower-child, free spirited, nature lover; an old soul and a loyal tribe member to her family and friends, with wisdom and knowledge far beyond her years. Macie could be friendly, reserved and tolerant. She was always quick to speak up to defend the defenseless.
Macie was conventional and quirky, simple yet sophisticated; silver jewelry and bandanas, dresses with Vans tennis shoes, turquoise rings and Indian braids. She saw life through a very special lens, (as her former youth pastor, Rachel Hill described her.) She was all-natural and extraordinary; wearing ponytails and no makeup most days, to nail polish and maquillage on others. She was a dream catchers’ and a cross hanging from her rear-view mirror kind of girl. She was a library, full of volumes in reserve.
My Macie girl was a sweet prankster as well… Four years ago, on January 23, 2014, she logged in on my Facebook account, and posted as me: “My daughter is simply the best. She eats like a deer and walks like a cat. Her eyes are like moonbeams and her hair is like whole wheat bread. My daughter is the beez kneez. Macie Moon Pietrowicz” My Silly girl! Haha! #mommaslovenevereverending!!!
Macie was a giver of gifts and loved receiving them just as much. She was strong and vulnerable, mountains and the beach, rainy days and mud puddles. She was moody and feisty, patient and quiet, the color grey, and cameras, the moon, lavender flowers, fireflies, enchanting, kitties, eccentric, star-dusted fairies, adventurous, encouraging, loved zombies and she loves her Jesus. She rescued turtles crossing the road, was persuasive to the point of convincing her photography models to hold and kiss dead fish, and eat flowers, kiss a plastic pink flamingos head, pour honey all over their bodies, to sucking their thumb and naming the shoot “Medicine.” Fan of David Bowie, Gene Wilder, Borns, Macie loved tons of films and music. Films from the 80s Horror and music like folk and indie rock, and pop and punk bands; The Misfits, an older punk band was one of her favorites and was a guilty pleasure of hers.Flyleaf, and Johnny Depp.
Macie was very private, trusting, a drama queen, emotional, optimistic, uplifting, had faith, artistic, magical, humble, imaginative, jealous, sweet, confident, a loner, gentle, moon pies and rice, pork and beans. Yet, of all things… Most of all… SHE IS UNFORGETTABLE!!!
Macie “Moon” Lane Pietrowicz’s photography is banner for all women who have been sexually abused. It was her standard to never gloss over such abuse and the results thereof with misleading interpretations. In her artistry, she accurately and conceptually connects the past with the present in the life of the abused. It represents and reflects her experiences of child abuse and the effects it has on all women who are sexually abused and how they understand life.
Creating photographs made Macie feel like she was alive and that she had a voice.
Macie was a voice for the voiceless. Her goal was to stop the silence, to bring abuse to light, to never keep it hidden, and to help the women to liberate themselves of the prison they found themselves in after abuse. She wanted them to realize that it was okay to tell their story, that it wasn’t their fault and that the feelings they feel during/afterwards is not a reflection of them as an individual. She wanted to bring awareness of the consequences of abuse and conveyed a meaningful connection between the abused’ experience, how it affects their psyche and how they view themselves and their relations to others.
Macie had a God given gift which she used to try to help others to perceive what child abuse does to a person. Her great hope was to help abused women to escape a lifetime of shame, mental isolation, confusion and silence. She hoped that if they could just look deep enough into themselves and realize that the abuser does not make them who they are, if they reveal the abuser for who he really is… She says to those women that it is okay to bring the darkness to light…
Even though ‘her’ work here on earth is finished, you can be sure that it ‘will’ be completed by God. She did the job God sent her to do with great faith and with the support of her loving husband and family. Her life will never have been for naught.
Macie Moon Pietrowicz is truly notable for the history books in photography. Let’s make that happen by sharing her work at every opportunity. She would be so proud that she was able to bring consolation to the sexually abused and to put a halt to taciturnity by sharing her experiences through her love of photography… Written with much love by C. "Pink" Schingen aka Aunt Cow Cow
Macie Lane Dove Pietrowicz was born on March 6, 1991 in Greenbrier Co. W.V., lived in Valle Crucis with the love of her life, formerly of Lillington, N.C. Macie went to be with the Lord on August 12, 2016.
She was a cheerful life-force who loved her Lord with all her heart. Macie's Love... a love whom she ADORED with ALL she had. He is her “Snabes” forever. She married her best friend and high school sweetheart, Marky Pietrowicz on Oct 29, 2011. Snabes is Macie and Marky's nickname for each other. Macie loved cats. She and Marky had three sweethearts: Quin, Samone, Doyle, and (Cosmo who preceded her to heaven).
Macie was an avid professional photographer and enjoyed taking photographs of models in nature near her mountain home. Her favorite season was Fall and she adored everything about Halloween. Macie loved the outdoors, hiking, and seeing the beautiful sights of God’s creation around her and fell in love with Valle Crucis from the first moment she set foot there. They called it, "Home".
Macie is loved by ALL who knew her. She is missed to the depths of our souls...
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Valle Crucis, North Carolina, United States
Macie put her heart in soul into her life's work, creating heartfelt images expressing the effects of child sexual abuse into womanhood. Macie quoted Hafiz in one of her FB posts: “Stay close to anything that makes you glad you are alive.” All proceeds from purchase will be given to the Oasis in Wautaga county in North Carolina. Macie loved living in Valle Crucis and wanted to support abused women. http://oasisinc.org
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Valle Crucis, North Carolina, United States
" A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle. The artistic photography world is not a competition. I want to thank everyone who has helped me, I in turn want to go out and help others see their own vision and potential.” ~Macie Moon Pietrowicz