Glass, Cinder & Thorns III

Glass, Cinder & Thorns III (curated by April Armand) opens this Friday (March 20) at Inner State Gallery in Detroit

For this show I drew upon the Melusine folklore and also the very peculiar fairytale Donkey Cabbages.

Melusine is a fascinating, transformative character. In some versions she is beholden to avoiding her cursed form & in others she uses that form as a show of her control. She is often portrayed as a mermaid-like creature but for this piece, I chose to focus on her as serpent. Neck forming out of a sort of water lily. Lady of the lake. 

Donkey cabbages features a young woman who is manipulated to do the bidding of her witch Mother and is subsequently punished before being manipulated into marriage. But the final manipulation is a kindness? Being a young woman is a tender thing. This is part of what I tried to capture with my drawing Alms (at the bottom of this post). 

Both pieces are available through Inner State Gallery. 

See/Unseen by Amy Earles

See/Unseen by Amy Earles

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Alms by Amy Earles

Alms by Amy Earles