spindle’s work, Zellandine’s denouement (part 2)

wisdom, warfare, weaving
2012
handspun BFL plied with nylon cord, copper wire, own pendant
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame

kirin
2012
hand-dyed and handspun merion and silk art yarn, spray paint, cardboard yarn cone
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame

Echo
2012
plastic-coated electronics wire, copper wire, jewelry wire, silk and stainless steel thread
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame

headcanon:  Utilizing Tuttle’s idea of “shadow sketches”Echo doubles the mythological figure of Echo and the visual culture character Echo from Dollhouse to bring the idea of shadow-selves forward and to emphasize the myriad of selves that we each have and (re)present depending upon time, place, and circumstance that come from that same central place of self no matter the societal or cultural impositions.

Scheherazade
2012
copper wire, handmade flax paper, beaded trim, fabric, ink
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame

tell me about the bodies
drug from the water
track-lines and bruises visible on
pale, mutilated flesh.

tell me a story
because we are all

just stories
left in the wreckage

tell me a story
spanning a 1001 days, a 1001 nights

a-million-and-one
in-betweens

tell me about the bodies
drug from your memory
graceful lines and shadows
full lives lead in echoes of you

before there was Ariel
2012
handmade flax paper, ink, copper wire, handspun
yarn (from a Hello Purl art batt), commercial yarn
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame

a little sea-woman (not really, just a stupid girl)
all operatic beauty and siren-song strength
.

Before
.
(there’s always a BeforeBefore always seems
like a place to have remained if we were sane
.
amber-frozen
.
rather than rapid, rabid liminality)
.
then–oh, then–a glance, a rescue
and it’s all idiotic love-at-first-sight
.
and forego present-identity
for the encompassing ambiguity
(submission, subsumission)
of the Loved-Self
.
but–she’s soulless
destined for 300 years
that ends in sea-foam dissolution and
then Nothing(ness)
.
(how Sarte)
.
enter the Sea Witch
(cecaelia)
driving a hard (maybe cruel)
bargain
.
eternity and salvation available only
through idiotic romantic love
through true loves kiss
.
(because, of course,
she is Abomination and Fallen
not because she’s Mer
but because she’s a She)
.
fins to sword-sharp, rending
(mutilating) pain
.
voice for legs
.
like Morse Code
.
self-sacrifice and transmutation
.
sword-sharp pain to legs to dancing
.
(because there’s always a
lateral trade in these things)
.
Mer to something not-quite human (simian)
.
fish to ape
.
…and there’s betrayal–
.
there’s always betrayal–
.
and betrayal breeds betrayal
.
dancing to heartbreak
.
(not everyone knows that its possible
to die from heartbreak
.
the walking wounded
.
missing more parts than in that
mythical Before)
.
and all that’s left is more betrayal
.
the only salvation is blood and death
betrayal and another’s heartache
.
(there’s a lot of betrayal)
.
knife to blood to pain to legs to fins again
.
Yet–
.
of course, yet–
.
because she’s heroic and stupidly in-love
.
and some oddly skewed feminist ideal
of courage and curiosity and so much
self-sacrificing fearlessness
.
so, there’s no betrayal;
instead there’s suicide and sea foam
.
water sprite to air elemental
.
sacrifice and suicide and 300 years of
playing some sort of St. Nicholas scavenger hunt
(for the naughty and nice)
.
gains some sort of salvation
(eternity) (soul)
that a heartless god denies those of
the Water
(the Moon)
(women)
The Ur-Prince
2012
electronics wire, jewelry wire
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame
headcanon:  Anthropologically, “Ur” is used as an indication of “original” or “primordial;” additionally, Ur was also the first city of Sumeria.  The Ur-Prince draws upon this ideas, these references, to negotiate the ubiquity of the prince-figure in fairytales and how the prince is largely an incidental figure whose agency wears ruts in the surface of the tale, yet in the decision to represent the prince as useless, purely ornamental armor, there is hope and shadowing of the new “princes” who have begun to crop up via (post)post-modern fairytales like Once Upon a Time and Grimm.
Zellandine
2012
copper wire, handspun silk, handspun yarn (from a Hello Purl art batt),
handmade flax paper, commercial yarn, ink
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame

no one ever remembers that Sleeping Beauty
was once named Zellandine
(before the pseudonym of “Briar Rose”)
and the objectification of at-rest attractiveness
(“sleeping” and “beauty”)
simple degrading descriptors of a complex existence

no one ever remembers that Sleeping Beauty
did not awaken because of a kiss
(rapere, outraged not-goddess from masculine impunity)
that the Prince raped her
(over and over and over for a 100 years in twilight-submission)
to no avail

no one remembers that Sleeping Beauty
awoke because of birth
(trauma-specific origin of new life —so much like the everyday)
that giving birth to her children broke her curse, broke her subjugation
(where supposed male-sexual-prowass failed)
and there was no happily ever after

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