44 '' x 36 ''
This piece is an abstraction of an anonymous screaming mouth. I wanted the palette and the architectural frankness of the design to reenforce the austerity of my source of inspiration. According to legend, the behemoth lets out a loud roar that makes all creatures tremble with fear, and thus renders them less ferocious and wild. This mythical phenomenon is shown as an example of divine mercy and goodness. Without Behemoth's roar, traditions narrate, all order would be lost. This piece imagines the voiceless female protagonists of myth, interrogating the relationship between speech, silence and power. In most legends, the heroine is nameless and therefore anonymous. As a result, her very being is redacted from the page. 'Behemoth' illustrates the anonymous voice of the woman from the past, whose stitches we admire, whose skills we practice, but for whom we have no name.
This hand woven wall hanging was made with pure Icelandic lopi wool, hand dyed merino wool in el greco, mull (a thin open-weave linen), and a strand of cotton ripple thread that frames the weaving. The bound 'teeth' at the heart of the hand woven circle were meticulously wrapped with a sewing needle. Linen threads, hand dyed in chamomile, make up the fringe. It is hanging on an oak dowel with hand painted black ends, suspended by a piece of deerskin leather.