weird sisters

The three witches are characters in William Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, often referred to as “the Scottish play” in the world of theatre.  A possible source of inspiration for these characters is ancient classical myths of the three Fates, who control the life of every mortal from birth to death: one spinning the metaphorical thread of life, one measuring its length and one cutting it at the allotted time.

Macbeth, Act 1, Scene i. A desert place.

Thunder and lightning. Enter three Witches

First Witch

When shall we three meet again
In thunder, lightning, or in rain?

Second Witch

When the hurlyburly’s done,
When the battle’s lost and won.

Third Witch

That will be ere the set of sun.

First Witch

Where the place?

Second Witch

Upon the heath.

Third Witch

There to meet with Macbeth.

First Witch

I come, Graymalkin!

Second Witch

Paddock calls.

Third Witch

Anon.

ALL

Fair is foul, and foul is fair:
Hover through the fog and filthy air.

Exeunt

William Shakespeare
2013

when shall we three meet again? – assemblage  – pages from the text of the play, leaf, Harris tweed, Harris yarn, scissors, tape measure and digital collages – 255x205x60mm (closed) – 410x 255mm (open)