“The Three Ravens”, from “East of the Sun and West of the Moon”

“East of the Sun and West of the Moon” – The Three Ravens

This is one of my favorites. My beautiful model Kateline was not too happy about wearing a burlap dress, but it was the only thing fitting for this image.  She was a trooper though, and never complained!  I love birds, and have always been fascinated by ravens and the stories surrounding them. Of almost all the stories in this project, this one resonates with me the most. If you have ever read “The Six Swans”, “The Seven Swans”, or the “Seven Ravens”, this story is the original of that ilk. In the more famous “Six Swans”, the princess is not able to finish all the nettle-shirts for her brothers, and the littlest brother ends up with a wing instead of an arm. In this story, she does not have to make shirts, but instead has to remain silent for three years.

If any of you are familiar with Jim Henson’s “The Storyteller”, which was a TV show that aired in the late 80’s, this was one of the stories featured.  I had to dig far and wide for many weeks on the internet and through actual books to finally locate this original text (translated from the German, of course).

Regarding the image:  An older lady asked me at the art show how long it took me to train the ravens to fly in a circle. Best. Question. Ever.

My coffee table book, “East of the Sun and West of the Moon”, which contains the entire show including the beautiful accompanying story pages, is available for purchase online here in hardcover and softcover.

 

If you would like to view the entire exhibit in person, you can visit  The Bank of Jackson, second floor, until May 31.

 

Portrait of Girl with Three Ravens in Jackson TN

The Three Ravens story, Jackson TN

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