"Gaze of the Green Man" published in "A Beautiful Resistance"
Loïs Cordelia's scalpel paper-cut artwork Gaze of the Green Man appears in print as part of the first issue of A Beautiful Resistance, the widely acclaimed and beautifully printed journal of Gods&Radicals, a collective and collection of writers, poets, and artists.
The introduction can be viewed here: https://godsandradicals.files.wordpress.com/2015/10/everything-we-already-are.pdf
Loïs writes about Gaze of the Green Man:
This scalpel paper-cut design features my reinterpretation of an ancient symbol of Nature, the Green Man, combining references also to another ancient ‘green man’: the legendary archer, outcast, and liberator of the poor and oppressed, Robin Hood, who is often likewise linked symbolically with Nature. The face turns to look away from the viewer with a poignant, wistful expression, rather than directly at the viewer with a level gaze, as the Green Man is traditionally depicted.
The crown of thorns hints at Christ’s suffering, suggesting how biodiversity is destroyed and crucified by humankind. The spider’s web hints at the fragile interconnectedness. Numerous native plant species evoke various aspects of Nature: strength, endurance, beauty, fertility, toxicity. A dandelion clock implies transience, and perhaps the running out of time, but also proliferation. A butterfly suggests rebirth.
Keywords: art, cut-paper, folklore, green man, magic, pagan, paper-cutting, poetry, portraits, witchcraft
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