Birds play a very important part in these mythologies - everything from being "familiars" (helpers to witches), to being the souls of the dear departed, to being just messengers from a parallel universe. Feathers were symbols in many ancient beliefs: the early Egyptians believed that every seventh incarnation was a bird, Manx sailors never left on voyage without a feather from the sacred wren. It was traditional to slay wrens on New Years Day on the Isle of Man. Birds and feathers often symbolized air as one of earth's basic elements. So - birds were important. The image of a group of women traipsing through the woods to release the birds came from nowhere in particular, maybe I wanted to free those wrens on the Isle of Man. Since that particular period in our mythology evolution was one of matriarchal religions women are everywhere, in all different ages, shapes and sizes and they all dance and sing with reckless abandon.
Solarplate™ intaglio inked a la poupeé
Akua intaglio inks, Somerset Satin paper
7.5" x 8.5"
I've become rather attached to these folks and think they will probably surface in a woodcut now that I have no particular deadline and can take my time!