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THE CORN DOLLY TRIPTYCH

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ORIGINAL TITLE:

THE CORN DOLLY TRIPTYCH

REGISTRATION NUMBER:

S0005

ARTIST:

LETITIA HILL

DATE CREATED:

2019-2021

OBJECT TYPE:

Immersive Installation

MEDIA:

Mixed media installation including Straw, Water Reed, Metal, Dyes, Sound, Scent, Ground Fog Machine, Contemplation Bench, 100 LED Candles and Pinspots. Wall Paint: #16122b

DIMENSIONS:

The Corn Dolly Triptych - Renenutet
304.8cm height x 76.2cm width  (120" height x 30" width)

The Corn Dolly Triptych - Tailtiu

304.8cm height x 76.2cm width  (120" height x 30" width)

The Corn Dolly Triptych - AKA Robot Maria

304.8cm height x 76.2cm width  (120" height x 30" width)

CREDITS:

Thatcher: Tomas Collins | Irish Reed Supply Co.

Design Consultant: Deirdre Dwyer

Carpenter: Tom Elwood at Woodcut

Master Thatcher: Dave Gallery

Sound Consultant: Ling Liu

Blacksmith: Tom Reardon

The Dream Team

COPYRIGHT:

©LETITIA HILL, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

A friend had suggested an ancient shared ritual, hybridized from many places and times, and turned to the particular frequency of here, in an effort to ease her increasing debilitation and paralysis. Her friends set to work, in a gesture of care and solidarity, firstly gathering straw from many places and then learning the craft of thatching. Building straw to benevolent giants, towering goddesses that heal and cure. As her episodes became more ferocious and brutal, their work rate quickened and the goddesses grew to ten feet tall.

excerpt from:  áit  ait - strange place along the N67 by Laura Ni Fhlaibhín

THE CORN DOLLY TRIPTYCH

At some point in human history, the indigenous western cornerstones of spirituality were overwritten and committed to myth. These myths, which were imprinted generation after generation by the collective unconscious, developed social structure event symbols that were then ingrained into the human psyche and defined by archetypes. One such symbol that continues to inspire unity, continuity, connectivity, reverence and awe is the corn dolly. Over thousands of years of its evolution, the corn dolly continues its relevancy in world culture communities as an effigy annual celebrated during the harvest at Lughnasadh.

The Corn Dolly Triptych follows the Corn Dollys' evolution over four thousand years through thousands of miles of the terrane. Banks of the Nile River, over the Pyrénées, across the mystic islands of the Atlantic into the future. These three meters tall goddesses reside in the Temple of the Harvest, the Harvestum. In attendance at the Harvestum are members of the Cult of the Corn Dolly, ushering the way for both pilgrims and worshippers from far and wide. The Harvestum is a sanctuary of visual delight and wonders explored through light, scent, sound and atmospheric techniques, transporting the viewer to a place of reverence and connection. Tugging at the collective peripheral memories of primal ritual and our instinctual desire to connect with nature sets the tone of the Harvestum, facilitating an opportunity for the viewer to experience a deep sense of empathy in a nourishing and safe environment.