Materials: Paper, Prismacolors, mechanical pencil, scissors, Exacto knife
Time: One yearI Red GateII Orange GateIII Yellow Gate IV Green GateV Blue GateVI Purple GateVII Black Gate
A series based on the short story Descent of Shaloma from Barbara Walkers Feminist Fairy Tales
. The story is a retelling of two famous legends: The Descent of Ishtar
and Salomes Dance of the Seven Veils.
Summary: A princesss lover is killed. To get him back, she must perform a special dance in seven robes the outermost garment colored red, then orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, and black. This opens a path to the underworld.
She must pass through seven gates the first red, then orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, black. At each gate, a keeper tells her the same thing: You are of the living. You cannot pass into the land of the dead without paying a price.
She responds, I can pay the price, and gives up one of her gowns.
Finally she reaches the last gate, and enters the heart of the underworld in only her skin
Other: This series rose out of two challenges from my friends: that I work with the female form, and take a break from the computer (in other words, use physical materials!
) These dares took on a life of their own, turning into Seven Gates.
The series is quite different from what I usually produce and I am well satisfied.