Day 8 - Water Creature - Paired Reliquaries

Day 8 - Water Creature - Paired Reliquaries

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Day 8 of #inktobershapeshifted : Water Creature


For Day 8, we delve into the Greek mythosphere with Scylla and Charybdis. From the Odyssey, we hear of the two monsters Scylla and Charybdis: two immortal beings that according to lore were once beautiful nymphs who did some perceived slight to the gods and became terrible monsters. Scylla, the six-headed monster who lived on the side of a sea passage and Charybdis, the whirlpool to the straight’s edge. The idiom, between a rock and a hard place derives itself from between Scylla and Charybdis: two impossible and terrible choices. There is something, though, to be said of the two “horrible” monsters who did not choose their fate but were rather given this end by others around them. Something of resilience in the face of tragedy… I created companion reliquaries for this theme, a split between land (salt infused with juniper and bay laurel) and sea (salt blended with kelp) suspended in time.

#inktober or #drawlloween for those unfamiliar with the concept, occurs each October. It began with some artists posting prompts and took off and now many different prompts exist: new themes for each day for artists all over the world to offer their interpretation! I loved the concept, but as I am not a visual artist by way of pen, ink, or brush, I decided to make my own version I am calling #inktobershapeshifted: using the prompts to create my own offerings for the month around given themes. The themes chosen are from Manière Noire’s #noirlifestyleprompts and I am very excited to keep posting them throughout the month. These creations I offer to you are one of a kind, created specifically for each day and theme. I sincerely hope you enjoy them and will treasure them as I enjoyed creating them!

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