Iconography 202

23 December 2008 at 12:26 am Leave a comment

hotpink5 This pink and cream colored goddess scarf is fun and funky with its splashes of bright green. I think of Durga as a secret protector — it’s always a good idea to keep her image in the office. I’ve used Durga in her incarnation as Kali, the terrible mother, goddess of change and time. Kali is shown here in her fiercest apparition, standing on a vanquished enemy, with hands holding some of her attributes: the snake for regeneration, fire for cleansing, head of enemy represents avenging action, and scimitar an instrument of change(!). Kali/Durga is sacred to women, Kali because it is women who respond best to change — as birth-givers, as washers of the dead, and as witnesses to illness and destruction. Sometimes Kali is described as silkscreen standing on the body of her consort, Shiva, in which case Shiva represents consciousness while the fierce Kali is energy manifest. The stories of the Hindu gods are as complicated as the relationships between men and women!

This scarf was recently sold at The Joyful Jewel in Pittsboro, NC.  To see more of my silk paintings, please visit my Etsy shop

I’ve been cutting goddess Scherenschnitte as ornaments, too.  I think they’re great fun! You can see all of them on my TalkingDog website.

     

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