Fishwomen

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FishwomenPrint-22in_WillowDawson2018.jpg

Fishwomen

50.00

Printed on archival cotton rag paper, with minimum one-inch border. 

11 x 14, $50USD

From White as Milk, Red as Blood: The Forgotten Fairy Tales of Franz Xaver von Schönwerth, Knopf Canada

Women from the local community bathe in the lake and become more beautiful. Eventually word gets out and men from all the surrounding villages arrive to take them as their brides. A mass wedding is conducted and the next morning villagers awaken to the men assaulting the women in the street. Upon inspection they are found to have scales and a mass pyre is built. As the flames get taller the lake rises and the head of a water giant emerges. He spews a bridge of water that the fishwomen walk over. They are never seen again.

It's not clear whether the giant is their protector or has just consumed them so it was important to me that he look menacing. I thought about invasive species with sharp teeth.
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