I am a lure: from paradise

Aakheperure

Bangalee, Australia

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Hiberno-Saxon or Inuslar Art
From the Song of Amergin
For this piece I decided to draw on the mystic imagery of the ocean and the sealfolk which are prominent in the traditions of the Hiberno-Saxons. The selkie are gentle folk of the sea who shed their skin to walk on land. Their bittersweet stories are akin to the longing felt for the sea and the promise of a new life or Afterlife. The piece is made of three elements: the Selkie, my MoonDogs triskele and an asymmetrical knot design as the border.
Remastered in Illustrator 2015

The selkie’s song beckons you to return to the cleansing embrace of the sea.

“Can’t you see where memories are kept bright?
Tripping on the water like a laughing girl.
Time in her eyes is spawning past life,
One with the ocean and the woman unfurled,
Holding all the love that waits for you here.
Catch us now for I am your future.

A kiss on the wind and we’ll make the land.
Come over here to where When lingers,
Waiting in this empty world,
Waiting for Then, when the lifespray cools.
For Now does ride in on the curl of the wave,
And you will dance with me in the sunlit pools.

We are of the going water and the gone.
We are of water in the holy land of water
And all that’s to come runs in
With the thrust on the strand."

-Kate Bush, ‘The Jig of Life’

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