Bluebeard is an exploration of the way our thoughts are layered and how we process information through the labrynth of perception and reality. On one level, we try to see what the truth is, based upon what we see before us and the information
that we are given. On another level, we see what we would like to see based on our expectations and ideology. On yet another level, we see what we believe to be true, based onour past experience.
Visually, I am working with layering of wax, patterning and collage. The most prominent elements are those that garner the most attention and are, hence, “the truth” I’ve exaggerated the decorative elements by adding three dimensional flowers and adormments to express to what length we go to create an image to the world. In the first piece, “His Beard is not that Blue”. the fanciful flowers are the most apparent, illustrating her need to believe that he is a good person. Of course, by making that statement, she is clearly indicating that she is aware that he is dangerous. That is visually shown in her facial expression, which is one of reticence.
Bluebeard is a fearsome character with a bright hideous blue beard. Everyone is terrified of him because of his wicked temper and the disappearance of his several wives. He has come to the village to find a new wife. He invites everyone to a party, including a young naive woman and her family. He charms everyone and by the end of the weekend, she decides to marry him. Her family is concerned and reminds her that his beard is blue. “His beard is not that blue”, she says.