Experimenting with black paper and bright neon acrylic paints, I attempted a portrait that morphed into a Betsy Johnson meets Courtney Love gone bad - kindergarten style composition. She sat in the stacks for many months as I am never one to waste paper or pigment and always try to find the beauty in Life no matter what form she may hold. One - yay I can cut with scissors day - I took to this piece, transformed her into a mish-mash non-patterned collage, and over and over again my mind kept saying - goldilocks. Not one to have been read to as a child (you know how it goes as an immigrant first to speak English in your household), I added a heart onto the goldilocks creation…. and then needed to find out who she was and where the heart came in as I'm one whose never been to keen on heart shapes.
Interestingly enough, goldilocks was originally a fox! Before this ancient fairy-tale transformed into her modern published version with mama, papa, and baby bear, the intruder (who might have been a guest!) into the den of three male bears was a female fox, from which the etymology of vixen originates. The fox appears in the folklore of many cultures as a figure of cunning or trickery, which in actually is wisdom, or as an animal possessed with magic powers, especially associated with transformation. A wise old lady fox who in other versions of this tale is a silver-haired elder entered the cave - the old sacred places of trance, transformation, healing, and ritual if not shelter - and left with the gift of Bear medicine. There’s much more to say here, but I will leave it be and let you meet the layers of fox & bear medicine in the living of your own magical story.
Hedieh Shariatmadari February 26, 2017
On the Shelf