“Heks/Witch” Altered photograph, cotton thread, rubber and wood. 61 x 42 cm
“… she tried to avoid his gaze but he held her steady and would not look away, Finally her eyes spoke to him. Her eyes said, Words are too weak, too small, they are always too small, even the purest and most simple phrases fail. Her eyes said, Look at who you are, you were asleep when I met you, but now you’re awake, so stay awake. I did not need you and I did not want you and yet here you are, awake in my body and in my heart.”
― Toby Barlow, Babayaga
There are so many versions of the Baba Yaga story. I love the quote above, but also adore the version in the book called “Women who run with wolves.”
“Wie die laaste lag, lag die lekkerste” Cotton thread, rubber and vintage photograph 26 x 22 cm
“Cebes laughed. Suppose we are afraid, Socrates, he said….
Probably even in us there is a little boy who has these childish terrors. Try to persuade him not to be afraid of death as though it were a bogey.
What you should do, said Socrates, is to say a magic spell over him every day until you have charmed his fears away.
But, Socrates, said Simonias, where can we find a magician who understands these spells now that you….are leaving us?
Greece is a large country, Cebes, he replied.