Blood Milk Jewels
Blood Milk Jewels
Hekate (Ἑκάτη ) is an ancient Greek Titan, perhaps one of the most Ancient of all worshipped Pagan Goddesses, closely linked with Demeter and Persephone and their Eleusinian Mysteries which was central to Greek life for thousands of years. Her name translates to “the far-off one’ or ‘the far-darting one’, threading even her name with the liminality she embodies and moves through.
As a tri-form Goddess, she was considered a shape-shifter; her triple goddess nature associates her with transformation, especially with the phases of the moon considering she was conflated with Selene and was also one of the few deities known to be able to move freely between all three realms: celestial, earthly and chthonic. She is the Goddess of Witchcraft, herbal medicine, especially the poison plants, the liminal, the edge walkers, and was the guardian of Persephone while she journeyed in the Underworld- thus attributing her with her abilities as a Psychopomp, or one who ferries souls to the Underworld.
One of the creatures sacred to Her are bats, perhaps for their ability to 'see' in the darkness as well as their ability to move around in the daylight as well - traversing both "realms" as Hekate can all realms.
Bat bones and claws, molded and then cast in Sterling Silver, have been manipulated to create these 'portals' which are then oxidized to our signature gloomy grey and finished to reveal the highlights beneath.
Bats and their cast wing and leg bones have long been a component I’ve used in my visual library as a way of creating a personal visual language. As nocturnal creatures, I feel a kinship with their natural predilection for the night time hours, but I’m also interested in how they use sonar to ‘see’, how as a metaphor bats as liminal creatures also remind us to look closer with our other senses, a way of ‘seeing the unseen.’ It’s my hope and intention that pairing them with other chthonic imagery and myth further adds to the visual meaning I’m aiming for, creating a collage of personal ideas while also tethering these physical jeweled objects to the spirit of the bat ( and other natural objects in the case of other jewels in my collection ) and to the spirit of the myths I’m invoking.
- Solid sterling silver
- hangs approximately 2 inches from the ear
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