WINTER 3: CAILLEACH BHEARA
by Ije MA Fine Art
Mixed Media (original mixed media sculpture (galvanised wire mesh, plaster bandage, acrylic paint, mica dust & re-used swarf)
h 90 x w 52 x d 36 cm
h 35.4 x w 20.5 x d 14.2 in
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This series of artworks is about the winter season in Britain and some of the mythology/legends that surround it. A series of artworks about my experiences during the winter season in Britain and some of the mythology/legends that surround it. In particular I am interested the Celtic legends, mythologies and Faerie folk - Aos Sith (Scottish, Irish is sidhe). The Queen of Winter (Cailleach Bheara), rises from her slumbers at Samhainn (1 November) and heralds the return of winter; Scottish legend has it that the Cailleach shaped the mountains and glens and controlled the weather. She is also known in Ireland as The Hag of Beara. She is a Celtic deity, the goddess of the winter months controlling the weather, winds and the length/harshness of the winter. Cailleach can mean "veiled one", a wise/spiritual woman, or fortune teller or impossibly old woman/hag. #sensuouspractice
Here she stands, surveying the mountains and glens she has shaped, reflecting the hues of the water, land and skies surrounding her.