Judy Woodborne (b. 1966, lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa)
Fabula Mirabilis, from the Imaginarium Series, 2020
Linocut, cut paper, and three-dimensional construction
Sheet: 11 ½ x 15 ⅜ x 2 ¼ inches
Printed by the artist
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My work is inspired by symbolism and dreams. In creating Fabula Mirabilis, I draw on the idea of creating my own “fabula” or story. Jorge Luis Borges compiled a “Book of Imaginary Beings” describing magical and mythical creatures from literature, history, and imagination and Baron von Munchhausen elaborated fabulous, extravagant stories about himself in the 19 century. I created my own mythical being, part Hecate and part Medusa, a composite with three heads much like Cerberus with a headdress embellished with serpents. My Fabula, of a female deity depicts a guardian of realms outside and beyond the world of the living.