22 May 2008

Three Blind Mice

Hello, one and all. I have not blogged for a week or so, I have been very busy - trying to make new work and doing research. Here is my latest offering - I have called it "Three Blind Mice" - as it is my version of the nursery rhyme of the same name. The girl who featured in the original vintage photograph I used for this image was infact blind. Her portrait gave me the inspiration to make this work.

The origins of the tale of three blind mice is taken from English history. The 'farmer's wife' refers to the daughter of King Henry VIII; Queen Mary I. Mary was a staunch Catholic and her violent persecution of Protestants led to the nickname of 'Bloody Mary'. The reference to 'farmer's wife' in Three blind mice refers to the massive estates which she, and her husband King Philip of Spain, possessed. The 'three blind mice' were three noblemen who adhered to the Protestant faith who were convicted of plotting against the Queen - she did not have them dismembered and blinded as inferred in Three Blind Mice - but she did have them burnt at the stake!

Three blind mice
See how they run
They all ran after the farmer's wife
Who cut off their tails with a carving knife
Did you ever see such a thing in your life
As three blind mice
I will in a day or so list this image on Etsy and Flickr and possibly Trunkd.