Hekate

“…mythology tells us… of Hekate and other terrifying moon goddesses who assure us in their savagery that lunar death is not always sweet. Imagination, participating in the lunar pattern, is not to be equated fully with glowing creativity, playful inventiveness, and inspiring reverie. It, too, has a waning moon, drawing upon the three-day darkness of death.” – Thomas Moore, The Planets Within

This series of 12 photomontages, using found images, is from 2017.

Hekate with a Whale

1. Hekate with a Whale

Hekate with the Travellers

2. Hekate with the Travellers

Ten Statues to Hekate at a Tomb

3. Ten Statues to Hekate at a Tomb

Hekate as a Tiger

4. Hekate as a Tiger

Woman with Leopards at a Threshold

5. Woman with Leopards at a Threshold

Woman with Ferrets in a Cave

6. Woman with Ferrets in a Cave

Woman with Baby and Child Near a Cave

7. Woman with Baby and Child Near a Cave

Sea Woman Regarding a Penitent

8. Sea Woman Regarding a Penitent

Sea Creature Breaching in a Storm

9. Sea Creature Breaching in a Storm

Sculptor with a Form

10. Sculptor with a Form

Hekate as a Moon

11. Hekate as a Moon

Corn Dolls Dancing in a Field

12. Corn Dolls Dancing in a Field

Photomontages are from found digital images, as follows:

1. “Hekate with a Whale”
Woman: from Jean Antoine Houdon, “Winter”, bronze, Paris, 1787. Whale: from Hendrick Goltzius (workshop of), “Stranded whale on the Beach near Zandvoort”, engraving / etching, 1594. Child: from Hendrick Goltzius, “Child with Two Heads”, engraving, 1579. Background: from David Johnson, “American Barque ‘Jane Tudor’, Conway Bay”, salted paper print from glass negative, ca. 1855.

2. “Hekate with the Travellers”
Ox: from Anon., “Horse and Oxcart”, earthenware, Tang-dynasty China,c.580 – c.650. Cart: from Felix Bonfils, “Charrette Transportant des Femmes Arabes”, albumen print from glass negative, 1880-1885. Shrouded Hekate: from sculpture by the artist. Background: from Johannes Tavenraat, “Road from Kleef to Nijmegen”, chalk and pencil on paper, 1844.
[Cart digital image courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program.]

3. “Ten Statues to Hekate at a Tomb”
Statues of Shrouded Hekate: from sculpture by the artist. Background: from Zangaki, “Sakkara. Tombeau Titi.”, 1860 – 1929.

4. “Hekate as a Tiger”
Tiger: from Antoine-Louis Barye, “Walking Tiger”, bronze, 1836. Dog: from Anon., web image. Background: from Félix Bonfils, “Temple of Typho at Denderah”, albumen print, 1894.

5. “Woman with Leopards at a Threshold”
Woman: from W. Hammerschmidt, “Girl wearing grass skirt”, Cartes-de-visite photograph, 1860. Leopards: from Eadweard J. Muybridge, “Animal Locomotion” (Twenty-four views of a leopard pacing), Collotype, 1887. Background: from Auguste Salzmann, “Jérusalem, Vallée de Hinnom, Retraite des Apôtres”, Salted paper print from paper negative, 1854.
[Some images courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program.]

6. “Woman with Ferrets Ferrets in a Cave”
Ferrets: from two works by Anselmus Boëtius de Boodt, both “Ferret”, watercolour on paper, 1596 – 1610. Woman: from Anon., “Woman with Hand on Hip”, Albumen print from glass negative, Cartes-de-visite photograph, 1870-1879. Cave: from Anon., “Man inside Solomon’s Quarries (Jerusalem)”, dry plate negative, between 1898 and 1946.

7. “Woman with Baby and Child Near a Cave”
Woman with baby: from W. Hammerschmidt, “Woman Suckling Baby”, Albumen print from glass negative, cartes-de-visite photograph, 1860. Child: from Hendrick Goltzius, “Child with Two Heads”, engraving, 1579. Background: from Gustave Courbet, “Grotto of Sarrazine near Nans-sous-Sainte-Anne”, oil on canvas, about 1864.
[Some images courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program.]

8. “Sea-Woman Regarding a Penitent”
Woman: from Pierre-Louis Pierson, “La Frayeur”, salted paper print from glass negative with applied color, 1861–67. Whale: from Anon, Chumash; steatite, bone and shell; c16th–17th. Man: from Johan Gregor van der Schardt, “Self-portrait”, terracotta, 1573. Sea: from Thomas Moran, “The Much Resounding Sea”, oil on canvas, 1884.

9. “Sea-Creature Breaching in a Storm”
Sea-creature: from Hendrick Goltzius (workshop of),”Apollo kills the giant snake Python”, engraving, 1589. Arms: from Pieter de Jode, “Drawing examples of arms and legs”, engraving, 1629 (part of an album). Sea scene: from Winslow Homer,”Northeaster”, oil on canvas, 1895, reworked by 1901.

10. “Sculptor with a Form”
Sculptor: from Ludovico Hart, “Derviche mendiant de la haute Égypte”, albumen photograph, 1860s. Sculpture arms: from Johannes de Vreede,”Bacchus image and two studies of the poor”, engraving, 1847 – 1900. Background: from Joseph Vigier, “Blocs dans le chaos, St-Sauveur”, salted paper print from paper negative, 1853.
[Some images courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program.]

11. “Hekate as a Moon”
Quarry: from Eugène Cuvelier, “Quarry with the Sands of Macherin”, salted paper print from paper negative, 1863. Witch: from Hans Baldung, “The Witches”, woodcut, 1510.

12. “Corn Dolls Dancing in a Field”
Corn dolls: from “Walter Benjamin’s Archive”. Background: from L. Jordaens (possibly), “View of the city of Naarden”, pen and ink, 1640 – 1680.

I have wherever possible used images I know to be out of copyright. However in some cases the copyright status is unclear, and in a few cases I have used portions of images I know to be still in copyright. In all works I’ve supplied the available attribution information. If I am using an image inappropriately please contact me and I’ll remove it.