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.
This boxed assemblage incorporates pages from the text of the play, Harris tweed, Harris yarn, scissors, tape measure and digital collages of the witches, Grimalkin the cat and Paddock the toad (played by a frog!) and a leaf from Birnam Wood.
255x205x60mm (closed) – 410x 255mm (open)
Macbeth, Act 1, Scene i. A desert place.
Thunder and lightning. Enter three Witches
When shall we three meet again
In thunder, lightning, or in rain?
When the hurlyburly’s done,
When the battle’s lost and won.
That will be ere the set of sun.
Where the place?
Upon the heath.
There to meet with Macbeth.
I come, Graymalkin!
Fair is foul, and foul is fair:
Hover through the fog and filthy air.