Friday, August 26, 2016

Nyx and the Benevento Walnut Tree

I finished the work in progress I showed off yesterday. While it could have gone in a million different directions, this piece is all about the goddess Nyx.

Nyx and the Benevento Walnut Tree - Nichola Battilana 
Nyx has existed from the beginning. She is the goddess of the Night and the mother of Light and Day (as well as gods of dreams, sleep, death, pain and more).

Nyx and the Benevento Walnut Tree - Nichola Battilana

In one version of her mythology, she was a great black bird and laid an egg from which Eros, the golden winged Spirit of Love emerges.

Nyx and the Benevento Walnut Tree - Nichola Battilana

At the centre of the piece there's a tree that represents the Benevento Walnut Tree. This magical tree was said to be a gathering place for Italian witches. It's roots reached down to the other world and the witches would draw up its power by dancing around the trunk. Nyx was one of the goddesses venerated at the tree.

Nyx and the Benevento Walnut Tree - Nichola Battilana

There are also some tiny handmade paper poppies in there too, said to be sacred to her.

Nyx and the Benevento Walnut Tree - Nichola Battilana

That little glass bauble? A piece made by my friend and glass artist Marc Bourdon.

When I completed this doodad I slipped outside, into the dark. Despite the sky being covered in clouds, I saw a shooting star whiz by. I'm going to take that as a good omen. Maybe even a wink of approval! And I think I'll keep this piece with me for a while.

The materials for this piece are from all over the place but I'll do my best to list what I can.

Wooden House Frame - from Michaels
Wing Assortment
Small Wings
Bronze Hand CharmFloral Border Sticks
Flourishes 2
Adhesive back pearls
Metal Filigree
Metal Wings
Florist Wire
Twig
Old paper
Glitter!!!!
Acrylic paint
Moss
Woodland Scenics Clump Foliage
Glass bauble - glass artist Marc Bourdon

P.S. If you're interested in learning more about this sort of thing, goddesses, spirits and the like, Judika Illes' book 'Encyclopedia of Spirits' might be just the resource you're looking for.

6 comments:

  1. Wow! That turned out rather magical indeed!! Nix would indeed be honored and I am sure She sent that little sign from the stars your way as well. I'll be looking for the "Encyclopedia of Spirits" book here as well. . . You always have such wonderful things to share Nichola. Thank you!

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  2. so ethereal and magical - just exquisite - like a jewel. love, Love, LOVE it!

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  3. Simple amazing. My jaw literally dropped and I am fumbling for words to say. I love the Encyclopedia of Spirits and I have the complete set of these books. Magical, breathtaking, gorgeous are a few words that come to mind. An amazing piece of art that is going to look beautiful in your home or on your altar.

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  4. Outstanding!!!!!
    Magical for sure and clever, oh so clever Nichola! Adore this!! xo

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