"Witch Dorothy, The Journey From Maiden to Crone" is a self portrait series that began when a pair of ruby slippers arrived from wizardofozcostumes.com. From the first photo I shot, I was intrigued by my strong feelings of nostalgia and wonder. Black and white striped stockings always remind me of the Wicked Witch of the East from the 1939 classic film "The Wizard of Oz". One never sees this Witch's face, only her stockinged feet curling back under Dorothy's house after it fell on her! The Ruby Slippers are the talisman that saves Dorothy.
As an artist, I desire to evoke the qualities of the Goddess in my work. I am influenced by "Goddesses In Every Woman" written by Jean Shinoda Bolen. Her insightful book explores the aging process through stories of the Goddesses. At 56, closer to Crone than Maiden, I envision the "Witch Dorothy" series as a self portrait that defies age. The journey is both physical and metaphorical; the iconic imagery draws the viewer in. My hope is that at every step along the path, I will gain the wisdom that comes with experience and continue to know the girl in me.
"Witch Dorothy" is an ongoing project. The journey began March, 2014. Images available as Fuji Chrome Prints through the artist.
Locations so far:
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Fort Worth, Texas
Tucumcari, New Mexico
Taos, New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Will Rogers State Beach, Pacific Palisades, CA
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I create narrative paintings that are inspired by dreams, visions, symbology and pop culture.