Carrie Ann Baade
Exhibition: June 13 - July 4, 2009
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 13th, 7-10pm

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The Devil Is In the Details 5 of 6, Lilith the Protector
11" x 15" (16" x 20" framed)
Gouache and ink mixed media on paper

This series of six drawings was inspired by "marginalia." This is the term for the drawings and flourishes in medieval-illuminated manuscripts. I love looking closely at these odd doodles by monks. All things perverse and pagan could be sublimated into a beautiful pattern work rich with zoomorphic and anthropomorphic forms lurking within. This is my contribution to this old form. I enjoy unhinging my mind and seeing what peculiar thing I can invent when I let go of a plan.

In Hebrew tradition, Lilith is said to be Adam's first wife, cast out of the Garden of Eden and ruler of all wild animals. These are loose associations with the half female, half serpent in the Garden of Eden being Lilith or a type of demon. Here I have Lilith in a happier role of protector over God's creations and particularly those often associated with Easter. I like the idea that perhaps this evil woman can be rehabilitated.