This image strip was born on the westcoast of Ireland, where I worked during the winter-months from 2001 until 2008. 'THE WELL' consists of 3 parts; part 1, 'Brigid and the well', photographs. Part 2, '...but the man...', collages. Part 3, 'Sheela and Brigid and Mother Earth', collages. The complete image strip can be purchased on CD-R.

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Brigid and the well, photograph 1

2014

Photograph 1 from part 1 of the image strip in three parts. The complete image strip consists of 21 images and is for sale on CD-Rom (€ 49,50). The well as a sacred place in pantheism; water + earth = life. Images from St. Brigid's Well Liscannor, Ireland. Pantheism and christianity are entangled; - Mother Earth as source of life, - the prechristian goddess Brighid was a metaphor for the earth. In christian Ireland this goddess changed into St. Brigid. in pre-christian times, the earth was sacred, giving and taking life. The physical nature of this pre-christian 'primitive' religion is shown by female goddesses. A surviving element of this pre-christian religion is the 'Sheela-na-gig', a female figure showing her vagina. One can still find these figures in (ruins of) christian churches in Ireland (but also elsewhere in Europe). Nowadays people often judge in a very negative way about these figures (associated with female sexuality). The christian church has transformed  this 'Sheela-na-gig' into a more chaste version of women: 'Brigid'.

Brigid and the well, photograph 2

2014

Photograph 2 from part 1 of the image strip in three parts. The complete image strip consists of 21 images and is for sale on CD-Rom (€ 49,50). The well as a sacred place in pantheism; water + earth = life. Images from St. Brigid's Well Liscannor, Ireland. Pantheism and christianity are entangled; - Mother Earth as source of life, - the prechristian goddess Brighid was a metaphor for the earth. In christian Ireland this goddess changed into St. Brigid. in pre-christian times, the earth was sacred, giving and taking life. The physical nature of this pre-christian 'primitive' religion is shown by female goddesses. A surviving element of this pre-christian religion is the 'Sheela-na-gig', a female figure showing her vagina. One can still find these figures in (ruins of) christian churches in Ireland (but also elsewhere in Europe). Nowadays people often judge in a very negative way about these figures (associated with female sexuality). The christian church has transformed  this 'Sheela-na-gig' into a more chaste version of women: 'Brigid'.

Brigid and the well, photograph 3

2014

Photograph 3 from part 1 of the image strip in three parts. The complete image strip consists of 21 images and is for sale on CD-Rom (€ 49,50). The well as a sacred place in pantheism; water + earth = life. Images from St. Brigid's Well Liscannor, Ireland. Pantheism and christianity are entangled; - Mother Earth as source of life, - the prechristian goddess Brighid was a metaphor for the earth. In christian Ireland this goddess changed into St. Brigid. in pre-christian times, the earth was sacred, giving and taking life. The physical nature of this pre-christian 'primitive' religion is shown by female goddesses. A surviving element of this pre-christian religion is the 'Sheela-na-gig', a female figure showing her vagina. One can still find these figures in (ruins of) christian churches in Ireland (but also elsewhere in Europe). Nowadays people often judge in a very negative way about these figures (associated with female sexuality). The christian church has transformed  this 'Sheela-na-gig' into a more chaste version of women: 'Brigid'.

Brigid and the well, photopraph 4

2014

Photograph 4 from part 1 of the image strip in three parts. The complete image strip consists of 21 images and is for sale on CD-Rom (€ 49,50). The well as a sacred place in pantheism; water + earth = life. Images from St. Brigid's Well Liscannor, Ireland. Pantheism and christianity are entangled; - Mother Earth as source of life, - the prechristian goddess Brighid was a metaphor for the earth. In christian Ireland this goddess changed into St. Brigid. in pre-christian times, the earth was sacred, giving and taking life. The physical nature of this pre-christian 'primitive' religion is shown by female goddesses. A surviving element of this pre-christian religion is the 'Sheela-na-gig', a female figure showing her vagina. One can still find these figures in (ruins of) christian churches in Ireland (but also elsewhere in Europe). Nowadays people often judge in a very negative way about these figures (associated with female sexuality). The christian church has transformed  this 'Sheela-na-gig' into a more chaste version of women: 'Brigid'.

Brigid and the well, photograph 5

2014

Photograph 5 from part 1 of the image strip in three parts. The complete image strip consists of 21 images and is for sale on CD-Rom (€ 49,50). The well as a sacred place in pantheism; water + earth = life. Images from St. Brigid's Well Liscannor, Ireland. Pantheism and christianity are entangled; - Mother Earth as source of life, - the prechristian goddess Brighid was a metaphor for the earth. In christian Ireland this goddess changed into St. Brigid. in pre-christian times, the earth was sacred, giving and taking life. The physical nature of this pre-christian 'primitive' religion is shown by female goddesses. A surviving element of this pre-christian religion is the 'Sheela-na-gig', a female figure showing her vagina. One can still find these figures in (ruins of) christian churches in Ireland (but also elsewhere in Europe). Nowadays people often judge in a very negative way about these figures (associated with female sexuality). The christian church has transformed  this 'Sheela-na-gig' into a more chaste version of women: 'Brigid'.

Brigid and the well, photograph 6

2014

Photograph 6 from part 1 of the image strip in three parts. The complete image strip consists of 21 images and is for sale on CD-Rom (€ 49,50). The well as a sacred place in pantheism; water + earth = life. Images from St. Brigid's Well Liscannor, Ireland. Pantheism and christianity are entangled; - Mother Earth as source of life, - the prechristian goddess Brighid was a metaphor for the earth. In christian Ireland this goddess changed into St. Brigid. in pre-christian times, the earth was sacred, giving and taking life. The physical nature of this pre-christian 'primitive' religion is shown by female goddesses. A surviving element of this pre-christian religion is the 'Sheela-na-gig', a female figure showing her vagina. One can still find these figures in (ruins of) christian churches in Ireland (but also elsewhere in Europe). Nowadays people often judge in a very negative way about these figures (associated with female sexuality). The christian church has transformed  this 'Sheela-na-gig' into a more chaste version of women: 'Brigid'.

Brigid and the well, photograph 7

2014

Photograph 7 from part 1 of the image strip in three parts. The complete image strip consists of 21 images and is for sale on CD-Rom (€ 49,50). The well as a sacred place in pantheism; water + earth = life. Images from St. Brigid's Well Liscannor, Ireland. Pantheism and christianity are entangled; - Mother Earth as source of life, - the prechristian goddess Brighid was a metaphor for the earth. In christian Ireland this goddess changed into St. Brigid. in pre-christian times, the earth was sacred, giving and taking life. The physical nature of this pre-christian 'primitive' religion is shown by female goddesses. A surviving element of this pre-christian religion is the 'Sheela-na-gig', a female figure showing her vagina. One can still find these figures in (ruins of) christian churches in Ireland (but also elsewhere in Europe). Nowadays people often judge in a very negative way about these figures (associated with female sexuality). The christian church has transformed  this 'Sheela-na-gig' into a more chaste version of women: 'Brigid'.

Brigid and the well, photograph 8

2014

Photograph 8 from part 1 of the image strip in three parts. The complete image strip consists of 21 images and is for sale on CD-Rom (€ 49,50). The well as a sacred place in pantheism; water + earth = life. Images from St. Brigid's Well Liscannor, Ireland. Pantheism and christianity are entangled; - Mother Earth as source of life, - the prechristian goddess Brighid was a metaphor for the earth. In christian Ireland this goddess changed into St. Brigid. in pre-christian times, the earth was sacred, giving and taking life. The physical nature of this pre-christian 'primitive' religion is shown by female goddesses. A surviving element of this pre-christian religion is the 'Sheela-na-gig', a female figure showing her vagina. One can still find these figures in (ruins of) christian churches in Ireland (but also elsewhere in Europe). Nowadays people often judge in a very negative way about these figures (associated with female sexuality). The christian church has transformed  this 'Sheela-na-gig' into a more chaste version of women: 'Brigid'.

Brigid and the well, photograph 9

2014

Photograph 9 from part 1 of the image strip in three parts. The complete image strip consists of 21 images and is for sale on CD-Rom (€ 49,50). The well as a sacred place in pantheism; water + earth = life. Images from St. Brigid's Well Liscannor, Ireland. Pantheism and christianity are entangled; - Mother Earth as source of life, - the prechristian goddess Brighid was a metaphor for the earth. In christian Ireland this goddess changed into St. Brigid. in pre-christian times, the earth was sacred, giving and taking life. The physical nature of this pre-christian 'primitive' religion is shown by female goddesses. A surviving element of this pre-christian religion is the 'Sheela-na-gig', a female figure showing her vagina. One can still find these figures in (ruins of) christian churches in Ireland (but also elsewhere in Europe). Nowadays people often judge in a very negative way about these figures (associated with female sexuality). The christian church has transformed  this 'Sheela-na-gig' into a more chaste version of women: 'Brigid'.

...but the man... 1

2014

Collage 1 from part 2 of the image strip in three parts. The complete image strip consists of 21 images and is for sale on CD-Rom (€ 49,50).   'Maid Eirinn, I met her just a while ago, but the man, I know him. She invited me into his house. I refused. How couldn't I. How could I...'  

...but the man... 2

2014

Collage 2 from part 2 of the image strip in three parts. The complete image strip consists of 21 images and is for sale on CD-Rom (€ 49,50).   'Maid Eirinn, I met her just a while ago, but the man, I know him. She invited me into his house. I refused. How couldn't I. How could I...'

...but the man... 3

2014

Collage 3 from part 2 of the image strip in three parts. The complete image strip consists of 21 images and is for sale on CD-Rom (€ 49,50).   'Maid Eirinn, I met her just a while ago, but the man, I know him. She invited me into his house. I refused. How couldn't I.

...but the man... 4

2014

Collage 4 from part 2 of the image strip in three parts. The complete image strip consists of 21 images and is for sale on CD-Rom (€ 49,50).   'Maid Eirinn, I met her just a while ago, but the man, I know him. She invited me into his house. I refused. How couldn't I.

...but the man... 5

2014

Collage 5 from part 2 of the image strip in three parts. The complete image strip consists of 21 images and is for sale on CD-Rom (€ 49,50).   - life originating from mother earth, - life originating from the unnameble darkness, - unpenetrable holes, mysterious bringer of life, - mother earth gives birth and - mother earth takes life away. - Brighid = mother earth.

...but the man... 6

2014

Collage 6 from part 2 of the image-strip in three parts. The complete image strip consists of 21 images and is for sale on CD-Rom (€ 49,50).   - life originating from mother earth, - life originating from the unnameble darkness, - unpenetrable holes, mysterious bringer of life, - mother earth gives birth and - mother earth takes life away. - Brighid = mother earth.

...but the man... 7

2014

Collage 7 from part 2 of the image strip in three parts. The complete image strip consists of 21 images and is for sale on CD-Rom (€ 49,50).   - life originating from mother earth, - life originating from the unnameble darkness, - unpenetrable holes, mysterious bringer of life, - mother earth gives birth and - mother earth takes life away. - Brighid = mother earth.  

...but the man... 8

2014

Collage 8 from part 2 of the image strip in three parts. The complete image strip consists of 21 images and is for sale on CD-Rom (€ 49,50).   - life originating from mother earth, - life originating from the unnameble darkness, - unpenetrable holes, mysterious bringer of life, - mother earth gives birth and - mother earth takes life away. - Brighid = mother earth.  

Sheela the fairy child

2014

Collage 1 from part 3 of the image strip in three parts. The complete image strip consists of 21 images and is for sale on CD-Rom (€ 49,50).   SHEELA + BRIGID + MOTHER EARTH, 'Sheela the fairy child'. The circle of life and death and life and ... represented in Sheela the innocent fairy child. Brigid shows her the mystery of life and death and life and ...

Encounter with the mother of the earth

2014

Collage 2 from part 3 of the image strip in three parts. The complete image strip consists of 21 images and is for sale on CD-Rom (€ 49,50).   SHEELA + BRIGID + MOTHER EARTH, 'Encounter with the mother of the earth'. 'Sheela-na-gig' comes for Tellus Mater; Mother Earth, metaphor for fertility, for the mysterious bringer of life. 'Sheela-na-gig' as the ultimate representation of this mystery.  

Hour of mercy

2014

Collage 3 from part 3 of the image strip in three parts. The complete image strip consists of 21 images and is for sale on CD-Rom (€ 49,50). SHEELA + BRIGID + MOTHER EARTH, 'Hour of mercy'. In christian faith 'Sheela-na-gig' has become an image of lust = sin. The reaction of lack of power to the intangible and the dark deepness of the mystery of mother earth; the giving birth and the taking away of life. The endless circle of life and death and life and ... Because of this lack of power, christianity wants to fight this image...  

The cave

2014

Collage 4 from part 3 of the image strip in three parts. The complete image strip consists of 21 images and is for sale on CD-Rom (€ 49,50).   SHEELA + BRIGID + MOTHER EARTH, 'The cave'.   ... or turn away from it ...