"By employing the natural tendencies of the materials and borrowed references from origin myths, I have chosen to illustrate my own fabricated creation story. According to Australian aboriginal myth, The Dream Time was an amorphous period prior to the creation of the cosmos. It was a time of incubation, great energy and divinity. I chose to use the spiral for its symbolic associations with beginnings, growth, continuation and infinity. The central figure represents a sleeping goddess, whose posture alludes to infancy, as she dreams the universe into existence one tendril at a time. The swirling shapes are reminiscent of plant roots, cobwebs, and organic matter with references to unrefined growth and naturally occurring materials that are simultaneously in a state of expansion and decay."
Cotton cloth, cheese cloth, dye, glass beads, sequins, bells, found objects
The veil on its wig stand.
The veil in action.
"The Greek goddess Hecate was a mysterious deity whose realms included all things dark and strange. She was called “Queen of The Night”, the Dark Moon and Keeper of Witches. Her subjects included sleeping dreamers and the wandering spirits of the deceased. Though she watched over the dead, she is not a bringer of death, but instead called upon to ease pain, help in passing on into the next world or insight in making decisions. Because of her incredible powers of foresight, she was credited with bringing mortals information in the form of prophetic dreams. It was said she could part the Veil of Time to reveal messages to those who appeased her. This piece draws upon the goddess’s bizarre and unsettling nature by using a subdued pallet juxtaposed against bits of sparkling materials reminiscent of dew and cobwebs. In making this work, the artist’s objective was to create a garment that might be worn by the goddess, a priestess performing a rite in Her honor or an Oracle inspired by Hecate’s wisdom. The viewer is invited to wear the piece and experience its textures, sounds and smells in a more intimate way. "
Silly process story: I wanted this project to be interactive and I thought it was important for this garment to have a particular smell. So, I rounded up a sage bundle and some bay leaves and built a little hot house for the veil to rest in while I burned some herbs to give it just the right earthy funk. Now normally, a sage smudge only burns for a few seconds before going out...normally. I walked away from the project to go stir a dye bath only to return to my project--you guessed it--on fire. The ENTIRE sage bundle had burned to nothing but ashes including the twine holding it together! Luckily, the project burned in the best way possible, looked rad, was super SUPER stinky AND my apartment didn't burn down! My apartment, even after two weeks, still smells like a camp fire.
Was Hecate watching?
I like to think so anyway. ;)
Until next time, my Pretties--
Much Joy and Merry Making!