Friday, February 26, 2010

Where Evil Lurks and Tongues Wag

Some threads are a real pain to work with and this is one of them. It's a copper silk like thread by dmc and is very slick, tangles easily.

Okay this part of the sketchbook translation doesn't look like much YET, but the copper thingy embedded in the plant is meant to be a Pope's Pear. A rather nasty little devise also known as the pear of anguish, pear of confession or chokes pear. I see that on the wiki entry they are being politically correct and not using the historically known name, Popes Pear. The reason for the name is due to the papal bull by Innocent VIII Summis Desiderantes, Dec 5th, 1484

"We therefore, desiring, as is our duty, to remove all impediments by which in any way the said inquisitors are hindered in the exercise of their office"

"printed in full at the head of the Malleus maleficarum,
a treatise on witches and how to prepare them for torture

An earlier piece

"the gossip"

To cure tongues that talk too idle. The brank, sometimes called the gossips bridle, a sort of iron cage, often of great weight; when worn, covering the entire head;with a spiked or flat tongue of iron to be placed in the mouth over the tongue.

Torture Museum
History of Torture


Undaunted said...

Ouch! I think that post has left everyone too scared to speak!! Your embroidery is fantastic Jafabrit. You must have the patience of a saint!

JafaBrit's Art said...

lol, well what can you say, it's a pretty gross subject. I have an interest in the subject basically because I can't get my head around why a society (past or present) would sanction torture. Not only does it bring to question what type of people would do it, but it has no history of working.
I think I must have patience lol! thanks for the comment undaunted.

arlee said...

the copper looks like rayon, a real pain in the bazotski to work with

isn't it strange though that the most gruesome of subjects holds our interest and can show up in our art?

JafaBrit's Art said...

oh I like that word "bazotski" arlee lol and yes I seem to be fascinated with human nature, the human condition, the good, the bad and the ugly.

Bill Evertson said...

All too often it falls on the arts and artists to hold up the mirror to society. Nice work on the slippery copper/silk!

Lynette said...

Eeek, I bet that device was pretty horrible and I think torture is horrible in any way, shape or form, ugh! Wow, Corrine I love the embroidery pieces you've been doing, they are awesome and I admire how delicate and fine it must be to work with that beautiful metallic thread!