Wheel of the Year : A Constellation of Wicca
Kring, McKenna M.
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This constellation The Wheel of the Year is the color-vibrant personal response to my research and interpretation. My constellation of Wiccan Sabbats used multiple medium pieces as my responses and interpretations to interviews and research about people’s experiences with the religion of Wicca, its holidays, and the origin stories of them. After collecting oral stories from interviews and research from texts (both Wicca and not), I took the bare bones and used that skeleton to add my own meat and flesh of mixed media to create a body of work exemplifying the spirit of the Wheel of the Year. Each medium is hand selected to reflect the mood of the season, such as crayon-on-acrylic for Beltane (which takes place midsummer) and black-ink linocut prints for Yule (which corresponds to Christmas in the winter). When starting this project’s concept in Spring of 2014, my objective was to create and illustrate a book about the Wheel of the Year: the Wiccan Sabbats, in order to create an approachable text that served more as a storybook than a how-to to help de-stigmatize. Over the Winter Term, the project was redirected to focus on creating a body of work reflecting on the holidays, the origin stories of them, the Goddess and the God, and Wiccan symbolism. These holidays are marked by Equinoxes and important points in the farming season, and triangulated by an origin narrative of The Goddess and The God. At the trial run at midterms I used mediums ranging from cloth, charcoal, ink, prints, and acrylic paint with crayon on it. After the professor's feedback I focused on honing my subject matter for quality instead of quantity and worked in multimedia with a similar color palette (such as phthalo blue and other right-out-of-the-tube colors). I mixed and matched acrylic paint, oil paint, printmaking, monotype, drafting inks, oil paint, salt, oil pastel crayon, and melted crayon to make a variety of multimedia pieces. My final display included representations of five of the seven holidays (Yule, Imbolc, Lughnasadh, Beltane, and Samhain), along with digitally rendered 8.5 by 11 prints of the images with summaries of the context for each of the images. I placed them at the end of the gallery space so that if people read the images left to right like a book, they could view the pieces with their opinions and respond to the visuals so the info sheets will help form a second impression. My hope is that this process would help inform and maybe reduce stigma about Wicca.