Bawdy Witches & Wicked Bitches


More etching. This time very teeny and using copper.
I’m building a series of female monsters from myth and folk tale. Baubo (bottom right) is a character from Greek mythology. When Demeter was roaming around, pining for her abducted daughter Persephone, and refusing to bring Winter round to Spring, she went to stay with a friend. For months she hadn’t smiled, but when her friend’s maid, Baubo – a headless creature with her face on her belly – lifted up her skirt and and showed Demeter her vagina, the goddess burst out laughing, and it was the end of her mourning period. Baubo came to be a representation of female bawdiness. Good for her.
The other characters are less specific: a mermaid (top left), a siren (top right) and a giantess (bottom left).

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5 responses to “Bawdy Witches & Wicked Bitches

  1. Jane Claire

    I love these! How teeny is teeny?

  2. andthisiswhyiwilldiealonesurroundedbycats

    I love these. I am also very immature as I laughed at the bird..

  3. Georgie

    Fantastic Nell!

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