Aife

Anita Inverarity

Aberdeen, United Kingdom

Artist's Description

Original Ink Drawing by Anita Inverarity
Large scale piece- Exhibiting at Gallery Q, Dundee- Feb- March 2014.
Aife is the younger of the legendary sisters in Scottish folklore who founded a school for warriors in Ireland & then settled on the isle of Skye. Always the underdog Aife is both a vulnerable and flawed character who rivaled her sister often bitterly. Her undoing was when she sent her son to battle his father in a dual and her son was slain instead. The gods punished Aife for her wicked ways by turning her into a heron & she is said to haunt the Scottish countryside in this guise for evermore.
The castle is Dunvegan on the Isle of Skye. The first time I ever saw a heron in the wild was from a fishing boat behind the castle as we rowed out to view the seal colonies there- the stillness of the bird was indeed very haunting & beautiful. This memory inspired the piece with Aife’s links to Skye- there is also a little nod to the Fairy Flag which resides in the castle- this is why I decided she should be working on her tapestry (perhaps aided by the Fairy folks).

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