harper - cyanotype

harper

A familiar. Cyanotype c. 9x12cm Varied edition: 7 prints £30 Third Witch:  “Harper cries: ’Tis time, ’tis time.” Shakespeare “Macbeth”, Act 4, Scene 1

pain inflicted, suffering endured, injustice done

There were an estimated 4,000-6,000 witchcraft trials in Scotland, three times more than in England.  About three quarters of the accused were women. Scottish witchcraft trials were notable for their use of pricking: the suspect’s skin was pierced with needles and pins, as it was believed that witches could not feel pain.  Confessions were often…

the fates installation

the fates

The witches in Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” are often interpreted as representing the Fates of classical mythology. They appear at the birth of each person, spinning, measuring, and cutting the thread of life. The Old English word ‘wyrd’ or ‘weird’ means ‘fate’. Clotho spun the thread of life from her Distaff onto her Spindle. Lachesis measured the…