The Bride's Coterie

The Bride’s Coterie

⊛ cut + torn paper + washi / wood
⊛ 6 x 4 in • 150 x 100 mm
⊛ Private Collection

The Japanese story of the red thread, the invisible string which connects a person with their soulmate, is much too interesting (and adaptable) an image and metaphor not to play around with.

Imagine, if you will, a young bride, seduced by the idea of love, manipulated by her own passion.

Imagine the unpleasant fate that waits for the naive child, and the wraiths and spectres who make up the bride's wedding party. Or perhaps she is Persephone, bewitcher of gods with her innocence, tied forever to the Lord of the Underworld by a handful of pomegranate seeds. On the other hand, maybe it's simpler than that. Maybe every bride brings her own ghosts to her wedding.

Illustration Friday