Memento Mori, Skeleton Rocking Chair
Hand Of Glory Candle - Amulet Candles Altar Herbs Rustic magical pagan occult magic spell removing obstructions
Made Over four hours from a lovely Blend of Beeswax ,homegrown Mandrake and natural fibre wicks.
Based on the traditional hand of glory as featured in the wickerman -
The Hand of Glory candle is a paraffin wax candle cast from a human hand. It
has 5 wicks, one for each finger, allowing the users to burn off different fingers,
thus creating personalized gestures.
It is based on the European tradition of severing the hand of a recently hanged
criminal, pickling it and infusing it with several oils and fats to create a candle.
Stories about the Hand of Glory say it was used by burglars to render their victims
motionless, allowing them to enter their homes without obstruction.
There were a couple of versions of the Hand on Glory. In one interpretation, a clenched hand is used as a candleholder, with the candle held between the bent fingers. In another version, such as the hand at the Whitby Museum in England, all five fingers of an outstretched hand were lit. If one of the fingers did not light, the burglars saw it as a sign that someone in the house was still awake. The Whitby Museum has the only known surviving Hand of Glory.
Let those who rest, and more deeply sleep,
Let those awake make their vigils keep,
Oh hand of glory please shed thy light,
Direct us to our spoils tonight.
Glass gellages by Michal Macků
Since the end of 1989, Michal Macku has used his own creative technique which he has named “Gellage” (the ligature of collage and gelatin).
The technique consists of transfer the exposed and fixed photographic emulsion from its original base on paper. This transparent and plastic gelatin substance makes it possible to reshape and reform the original images, changing their relationships and endowing them with new meanings during the transfer. The finished work gives a compact image with a fine surface structure. Created on photographic quality paper, each Gellage is a highly durable print eminently suited for collecting and exhibiting.
The laborious technology, which often includes the use of more than one negative per image, makes it impossible to produce absolutely identical prints: Each Gellage is an original work of art. The artist does make at least 12 signed and numbered prints of each image.
Michal Macku talks about his work: “I use the nude human body (mostly my own) in my pictures. Through the photographic process [of Gellage], this concrete human body is compelled to meet with abstract surroundings and distortions. This connection is most exciting for me and helps me to find new levels of humanness in the resulting work.
Michal Macků combines in this work his gellages technique with large format historic photographic processes and state-of-the-art technology to create the 3D glass photographs-objects, so called glass gellages.