Harbinger of Pestilence


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Elizabeth Leggett | Portico Arts Harbinger of Pestilence
Looking out towards the sea, those left are given a lonely task. Waiting is a career for stern hearts.  A tradition brought from Europe to the Americas; the widow's walk.  Pestilence is a poisoned friend of trade and community, but all that build their lives in goods take her presence as a cost worth paying.
I did not want my harbingers to have a clear role. Is she a wife waiting for her husband, a daughter waiting for her father or simply a prostitute? Is the ship coming or going? The clothing colors were chosen not only to groove with the background visually, but also to hint at skin colors in illness. The mask is toward the back because the ship may carry sickness or she may. There is a rat of course. Sometimes you need to go with tropes.
 
Barring the unexpected, this will be one of four pieces in a series.  Please bring your own stories to this piece.  That is the best part of what I do. Thank you.

 Variants available
20"x30" limited edition ink print on paper (60 issue run)

20"x30" limited edition dye sublimated print on metal (5 issue run)
(special order, please allow 2-4 weeks for delivery)
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12"x18" open edition
8"x10" open edition

"It's because of the Irish Sea so narrow with no reef,
It's because of those ships that do sail,
Dublin Lady has to sit and weep alone all in her grief,
It's because of those ships that do sail.
It's because of the Irish Sea so narrow with no reef,
It's because of those ships that do sail,
Dublin Lady has to sit and weep alone all in her grief,
It's because of those ships that do sail."
 - Andy M. Stewart and Manus Lunny (Song- "Dublin Lady")

 

 

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