ithell colquhoun magician born of nature
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Oil on panel. 13 x 9in. (33.2 x 22.9cm.) Provenance Untraced. Exhibited London, RBA Galleries, 1950, no. 390. Cambridge, Heffer Gallery, 1953, no. 14. Penzance, Newlyn Gallery, 1961, no. 34. Penzance, Newlyn Gallery, 1974, (Summer 1), no. 94. Literature Whybrow, 1994, ill. b/w p. 130. Colquhoun’s choice of the Norse god of fire, falls into her well established pattern of an interest in myths concerning castration and fertility. Loki was the shape-shifting and gender-shifting arch deceiver, the Prince of Lies. He corresponds to the European Lucifer. Tasked by the other gods to make Skadi, the Goddess of winter, smile before she would allow spring to come, Loki tied his genitals to the beard of a Billy goat. On losing the resulting tug or war, he fell bleeding into Skadi’s lap. She smiled, relented, and became pregnant by him. Vegetation God (1948) is the counterpart. notes Whybrow, M. St Ives 1883-1993. Portrait of an art colony. St. Ives: Dart Books 1994.