"Gaze of the Green Man" published in "A Beautiful Resistance"

February 02, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

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.

"...a defining publication that marks a new moment in magic, witchcraft and paganism; the moment when we remember our history, our ancestry, our land and our bodies."
~ Peter Grey, author of Apocalyptic Witchcraft

The first issue of the journal, entitled "Everything We Already Are" (release date: 5th November 2015), features 120 pages of poetry, essay, story, images, and theory by the following contribuotrs:
T. Thorn Coyle, Silvia Federici, Kadmus, Jonathan Woolley, Nimue Brown, Sajia Sultana, James Lindenschmidt, Fjothr Lokakvan, Lia Hunter, Mandrake, Rhyd Wildermuth, P. Sufenas Virius Lupus, Lo, Anthony Rella, Niki Whiting, Judith O’Grady, Al Cummins, Christopher Scott Thompson, Margaret Killjoy, Heathen Chinese, Sean Donahue, Pegi Eyers, Chris Worlow, Aaron Shenewolf, Wespennest, Loïs Cordelia, Finnchuill, Virgilio Rivas, Yvonne Aburrow and Lorna Smithers.

 

The introduction can be viewed here: https://godsandradicals.files.wordpress.com/2015/10/everything-we-already-are.pdf

For further information about the publication, and to order print or digital copies, please visit: http://godsandradicals.org/a-beautiful-resistance/
 

Gaze of the Green ManGaze of the Green Man"Gaze of the Green Man"
Scalpel paper-cut. Approx. 40 x 50 cm. April 2015.
The Green Man looks away from the viewer with a poignant, wistful expression. The spider's web hints at the fragile interconnectedness of Nature. A dandelion clock implies transience, but also proliferation. A butterfly suggests rebirth.

Gaze of the Green Man, scalpel paper-cut, 60 x 50 cm, 2015

 

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.

Lois Cordelia at work on Gaze of the Green Man, Spring 2015






 


 


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