The Moerae II

Sculpted entirely of tussah silk using no armature other than the silk itself and using only birch syrup as a binder and stiffener. The tussah silk I hand dyed with woad, weld, and madder plant dyes, the three oldest textile dyes in recorded history. The silk cord, representing the thread of life, is a liquefaction of 24-carat gold on silk. Weld yellow, madder red, and woad blue correspond with the three colors of sulphur and three of the five universal elements according to Samkhya, the classical Indian system of mathematics and philosophy. As explained in the context of the Sal-Sol-Silk design, the Moerae, in Greek mythology, is composed of Clotho, the spinner of life, Lachesis, the measurer of life, and Atropos, the cutter of life’s thread. The Moerae are mythologically counterparted in every culture and religion of the world that recognizes the spiritual trinity of creation (birth), preservation (life), and destruction (death), analogical with the scientific trinity of energy in its potential form, material form, and released form. Typically, in classical art, the Moerae are portrayed standing side by side, thus depicting life as linear experience. More accurate is the Moerae in a circle, portraying the infinity of life’s thread, eternal life.