Work of the Week: Bluebeard’s Wedding Rings

Date: Jan 9, 2018

 The Work of the Week for January 8 - 15, 2018 is Bluebeard’s Wedding Rings by Shona Rae. Click the arrows beside the image to see alternate view.

Shona is represented by three artworks in the AFA collection – all are part of a series of 22 sculptural rings entitled: “Fairy-tales, Folklore and Mythcommunications...” which the artist began in 1998. According to her website, each sculpture depicts a fairytale from western culture that has a relationship with archetypes found in the Higher Arcana of the Tarot. Learn more about the series on the artist's website.

In the her artist's statement for Bluebeard's Wedding Rings, she notes:

I stole this particular bone from a nasty dog in the alley behind my old studio many years ago. As soon as I saw it I knew that it belonged to the tale of "Bluebeard". Sometimes in the creative journey I discover insights about myself and/or my subject matter that reveal truths that I would rather not know. But that is what makes the artist's life a heroic and ever so interesting journey.

Read the full artist's statement (PDF).

Explore Shona's and other artists' works in our collection through the AFA virtual museum. 

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