Wednesday, July 30, 2008

A Conversation With the Moon











I'm trying to finish this piece before tomorrow and need to get my butt over to my studio and DO IT. I was researching Snow White and the Magic Mirror. In some texts looking into the magic mirror represents a conversation with the sun or the moon. I like that. And in the Brothers Grimm version of SW, the evil step-mother (who in the ORIGINAL tale was actually the mother, but they had to tone it down for children...how dare a mother have those dark thoughts?? And, as if this toned the story down!) so the evil mother/step-mother has to wear iron shoes at her daughter's wedding that are hot like fire and she dances until she dies! (I just have to add some shoes filled with fire to this piece...)


So, this piece is about vanity, envy, jealousy, competitiveness (insecurity) which are all a cover for loss (loss of youth, and loss of a daughter) and sadness, anger, grief, denial about aging...
I like the idea of looking for wisdom and answers about all these dark feelings from a conversation with the Moon...
Mother of the Bride Wears Beige/Self
or
Conversation with the Moon
still in progress...

2 comments:

Susan Beauchemin said...

Hi Martha--I like this self portrait--I like the connection with the moon, which in astrology can represent the mother or women. Also emotions and habits and the public! I also like that fairy tale connection with the shoes on fire! It is a busy piece, but your portrait is so strong--funny if this is pulling back on your ego, you still do it in a major way! I like the dark and decorative top piece--I'm not so sure about the crinkly paper along the border--I think I'd have to see this in person. I'd love to see this in person!

martha said...

thanks, sue

it's probably going to all end up in another piece somehow...

i submitted just the portrait to the exhibit. we'll see what comes of that!