The journey of the Selkie ….

“Selkie’s are mythological creatures that take form as both a seal and a human. Leaving their sealskin to become a human creature, but always wanting to return to their natural form. They where very rare, beautiful creatures, and held special importance. “…article continues after this image.

The Journey of the Selkie

The Journey of the Selkie

 

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My prints usually start from a life drawing ….

IMG_4075The image is then etched onto plexiglass (this one twice as the plate shattered !)

then inked and with the use of other plates and techniques produce a small edition of prints …no more than 7.

 

Article on the Selkie  by By Brooke-lyn DiCaro ;

Selkie’s are mythological creatures that take form as both a seal and a human. Leaving their sealskin to become a human creature, but always wanting to return to their natural form. They where very rare, beautiful creatures, and held special importance. The Selkie creature could be either a man or women, but most often in folktales they are depicted as women. Acting as a seductive being they lived amongst human beings, while later returning to the sea. They represent the spirits of the sea in some cases and connect very much so to the theory of faeries. A variety of stories tell the tale of fisherman that have found the seal women as seductively beautiful, so they snatch the seal skin and gain control over the women. The women would spend much of her efforts to try to get her sealskin back in hopes to return to her family in the sea. If the Selkie women could not find her skin she would become the man’s wife. She bare the husband many children that would appear as normal human beings, except for their webbed hands and feet. Once the Selkie found her skin she would tell her children of her nature and would return to the sea. Many times the sealskin would be found by her children and brought to her. They missed her terribly like their father, but since they where half selkie they could hear her song from the sea. Although it has been said that sometimes the children would actually go with their mother into the sea. Several mother archetypes and ideas from Carl Jung connect to the Selkie creature. She is very much a mixture of the four stages of the Anima in her inhabitance of both beast and women. She is an animal in one form, but when leaving her seal skin she becomes a perfect beauty and idolized women. Being an overwhelmingly perfect woman she also represents a “ Good Mother”, by loyally taking care of her children and her husband. Later on when she is reunited with her sealskin she leaves for the sea with her wisdom and pure mystery. Something about her shows a greater understanding of the world and how she takes part in the mysteries of our world. Selkies connect to the archetype Femme Fatal because they seductively gain a lover and even if that love continues to remain strong, they leave to the ocean leaving their lover heartbroken and lost. Struggling with an alter ego because of her double life, a Selkie is shaped by her civilized form and her natural form in the world. While following her personal unconscious as a creature of two worlds. In her unattainable desires to have love on the land and love with the sea she struggles to balance her devotions. Selkie creatures struggle with being a perfect creature, but because of this they are wise with reason and understanding. They live on as a cultural significance of life and the spiritual world that connects human beings to their ancestors and animalistic behaviors. Very much like faeries they connect humans back to nature and give purpose to what humans cannot explain. Animism has been found in all types of folklore and connects much of ancient humanity back to the origins of life. It parallels ancient times with the idea of two worlds connected and how they have drifted apart, but still remained in the slightest ways to guide mankind. Virtually bringing the sense that as humans we are looked after in this life and that something with great power will be discovered at the end of our lives. In many cases the islands inhabited by the mystic seals could have been thought of as islands of the blessed or spiritual.

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