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Viewfinder
or,
She Uses her Body as a Viewfinder for the Male Spirit to Pass Through

dreamed May 31, 2000; painted 2000, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 49.5, by Jenny Badger Sultan


THE DREAM

It is night. I am at a house with a yard and maybe an outdoor verandah or deck. It is a special night in some way--perhaps there will be a full moon, Im not sure. It is a night for doing special ritual things because it is a night of power.

I am speaking with a close woman friend. I tell her that I will do something but it will not involve my being present in the body--it will be more like watching and leaving something out in the yard as a male person or presence or spirit comes.

Acrylic painting, 'Viewfinder', by Jenny Badger Sultan. Click to enlarge
She, on the other hand, is considering a more risky venture that involves being more involved in the body--either she will (or she's telling me she once did) use her whole body as a viewfinder through which this male person or spirit passed, or will pass.

I admire this very much but tell her "It's too risky for me."


NOTE

The woman's pose clearly echoes that of Nut, the Egyptian goddess of the night and stars. I used a variety of Egyptian hieroglyphics within and around the body.

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