Kay Weber - Janus

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Janus
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paper cutting, 2012 - Janus is the god of beginnings and transitions. He is also represents gates, doors, doorways, endings and time. He is usually portrayed double-faced to represent his capacity of looking to the future and the past at the same time. The Romans named the month of January after Janus and I decided to create this paper cutting in the same month.

Kay Weber - World-Tortoise

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World-Tortoise
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paper cutting, 2012 - Tortoise is the symbol of wisdom. It's able to defend itself on its own. It personifies Water, Moon, Mother Earth, Time, Immortality, and Fertility. Creation of the World is associated with the tortoise. It is, also, believed that the tortoise bears the burden of the whole World.

Kay Weber - The Apple Tree

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The Apple Tree
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paper cutting, 2011 - Inspired by "The Apple Tree", a series of three musical playlets in which each act has its own storyline, but all three are tied together by a common theme: someone who believes that they want something, but once they get what they wanted, they realize that it wasn't what they really wanted.

Kay Weber - The Guide

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The Guide
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cut paper, 1998 - The Story in Four Layers: The Yellow Layer: The protection spirit is sitting within the life cycle of creatures of nature, animals and mankind alike. He is holding the stick diagonally symbolizing protection. His pose represents a relaxed focus showing his self-confidence. The body tattoos symbolizes his initiation and points out his connection to the underworld. But body tattoos are also powerful statements of life. In their detailed ornaments one can read social status and personal characteristics. For the tribes in Melanesia, face tattoos are result of a life long preparation for death and for their spirits journey into the underworld. They suppose to scare evil away to secure a safe arrival of the soul. The Blue Layer: The water waves with its fish symbolizes fertility as the rhythm of the water symbolizes the continuous rhythm of nature. The Green Layer: Hidden underneath the water surface deep below human consciousness lays the crocodile awaiting represents the risks, the unforeseen and life & death. The Red Layer The blood colored background stands for life itself.

Kay Weber - Hel, Goddess of Death

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Hel, Goddess of Death
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paper cutting, 1998 - The origin of the myth of Hel might have been developed much earlier but the first written reference of her is in the Edda, a collection of Old Norse poems primarily preserved in the Icelandic medieval manuscript Codex Regius. Along with older Edda from the 12th century this is the most important extant source on Norse mythology and Germanic heroic legends. Hel, the goddess of the death, was the daughter of Loki and the giantess Angurboda, and dwelt beneath the roots of the sacred ash, Yggdrasil. She was given dominion over the nine worlds of Helheim. In early myth all the dead went to her: in later legend only those who died of old age or sickness, and she then became synonymous with suffering and horror. Location names like Helsinki, Helsingør, and Helgoland derive from Hel. Hel is a figure similar to Demeter’s daughter, Persephone, in Greek mythology. She represents the third aspect of the goddess trinity, the dark aspect of life that is the end of the life cycle. She kills her children to take them back. In relation to her powers she is related to all goddesses of creation and destruction worldwide, like Pele in the Hawaiian Islands (represented by the Volcano), Kali Ma in India (represented by the skull & bone necklace), Iemanja (Yemaja) in Brazil, Cuba & other Afro influenced cultures (represented by her posture and mermaid figure). Mermaids in North European mythology are just personifications of Hel. As the dark aspect of the mother goddess she takes care of her children keeping their souls in upside-down caldrons deep under water in lakes or the ocean. When a soul is ready to be reincarnated Hel turns the caldron up, allowing the soul (represented by the seven faces) to surface and return into the life circle.