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Sheela na Gigs
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From 1991 through 1994, Fiona embarked on a project investigating the history of Ireland's "Sheela na Gigs". From this work, she created a fabulous portfolio of paintings and prints representing her interpretations of these mystical stone carvings, so do have a look at these amazing works of art.About the Sheela na Gigs
Sheela na Gigs are powerful, medieval images carved in stone of a woman presenting her vulva in a squatting, birthing position. Sheelas date from around the Eleventh Century to the late Seventeenth Century. They were placed above the arched entrances of churches and castles, and were found all over Ireland, England, and some parts of Scotland and France.My Statement and Philosophy
I believe the Sheela na Gigs were symbols of protection and fertility and served to bridge the gap between Paganism and Christianity in Ireland. They are a survival of an awareness of the ancient Earth Mother, from whose womb comes good energy and living things, Man and Nature. They represent the great circle-cycle of life, death, and rebirth. They evoke the Cailleach, Hag of Irish folklore and mythology, the Maiden, Mother, Crone.
Sheelas are celebrations of life, icons of regeneration and rebirth, an expression of the power of women.Availability
While many of my paintings of the Sheela na Gigs have been sold, there are still a few original paintings available, and several copies of the limited fine art silk screen print editions of the "Voice from the Rock" and of the "The Hag in The Iron Wood".
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