Reflection on the feminine archetypes in relation to fertility, motherhood (The Empress Card in Tarot), aging, and ultimately a kind of fading relevance.
We know the roles: maiden, mother, crone. But what about the space in between fulfilling these roles; the transition between them and the wisdom gained from occupying that space for a time. What we learned from our mothers and grandmothers and how we share that wisdom — through family stories, in our DNA passed on for generations. The wisdom of Mother Earth; The wisdom of the Willow Tree...from Pocahontas. Honestly, props to Grandmother Willow, one of the best characters of all time. Big visual inspo for this piece.
What happens if a woman misses one of the archetypes? If you jump straight from maiden to crone, and there's no one to pass on the wisdom you've gained. If you can't fulfill that role, where do you go? I've been fascinated recently with the women who play supporting roles as middle aged women in TV. In this case, Ann Dowd, who I've seen pop up in the past few years over and over with killer supporting roles in shows like The Leftovers, Masters of Sex and The Handmaid's Tale. Ultimately, though, she'll be largely nameless in the popular eye (I would argue, due to her age).
St. Judith - SOLD!
An allusion to St. Jude, the patron saint of lost causes. The importance of faith in the face of hopelessness.