Environmentally Friendly Recycled Cedar Shingles
Love goddesses, don't love the unnecessary waste of painting on virgin canvas? I have you covered...these cedar shingles had a previous life, and were locally sourced. Available for purchase through ArtPal.
The Birth of Pegasus
7" x 24", acrylic on recycled cedar shingle
Aine, an Irish goddess of sovereignty, midsummer, and the sun. In those times, only an unblemished man could be king. A king tried to rape Aine. Now he's no longer king, because she bit off his ear.
9" x 24", acrylic on recycled cedar shingle
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Sif, Norse Goddess
6" x 23", acrylic on recycled cedar shingle
Aditi, the Hindu Great Mother Goddess, in her form as Lajja Gauri. From Wikipedia: "Aditi is a personification of the infinite. She is the goddess of earth, sky, unconsciousness, the past, the future, fertility. She is the mother of the celestial deities and is referred to as the mother of many gods. A celestial mother of every existing form and being, the synthesis of all things..."
Aditi birthed the 12 Adityas, each the sun for one month of the year. I love that fact, because I was a teacher for two years in an area with a large Indian population. Now I know why so many of the boys were name Aditya! They are the sun, and their mother is the Great Goddess.
Her Lajja Gauri form has a lotus head and is often portrayed in a birthing posture, but without outward signs of pregnancy. Lajja means "modesty".
5" x 24", acrylic on recycled cedar shingle
Iris, Greek Goddess of the Rainbow
6" x 15", acrylic on recycled cedar shingle
Amphitrite, goddess of the sea. Based on the mosaic, Poseidon Abducting Amphitrite. I chose to leave out the abduction part. *@$%ing Greeks and their rape culture. Can a girl not ride her sea horse in peace for half a second?
16" x 6", acrylic on recycled cedar shingle
In the U.K., women were not granted the right to vote until 1928. The suffragist movement began in the mid-1800s, following a peaceful, non-confrontational approach.
According to the British Library,
"From the perspective of some campaigners, the suffragists failed to achieve votes for women by peaceful, ‘respectable’ methods. Many disillusioned women began to advocate a more militant approach. These groups became known as the suffragettes, and they adopted the motto 'Deeds not Words'.
"In Manchester in 1903 Emmeline Pankhurst founded the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) with her daughters Christabel and Sylvia. The organisation grew to include branches all over Britain and involved more working-class women. The WSPU adopted militant, direct action tactics. They chained themselves to railings, disrupted public meetings and damaged public property. In 1913, Emily Davison stepped out in front of the King's horse at the Epsom Derby. Her purpose remains unclear, but she was hit and later died from her injuries.
"Suffragettes were arrested and imprisoned, but continued their protest in prison by hunger strike. Although initially they were fed by force, in 1913 the Prisoners Temporary Discharge for Ill-Health Act was passed in parliament. Commonly known as the Cat and Mouse Act, this allowed prison authorities to release hunger-striking women prisoners when they became too weak, and re-arrest them when they had recovered. Emmeline Pankhurst was jailed and released on 11 occasions.
My painting is based on a photography of Emmeline being arrested outside Buckingham Palace in 1914.
acrylic paint on recycled cedar shingle, 6" x 24"
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