Tag Archives: Symbolism

Analysis of “The Gallows” – A Short Story that Misses Its Own Point

“The Gallows” is a short story written by Suhayr al-Tall.  It is featured in the compiled novel Arab Women Writers.  In it, the author narrates ‘your’ journey from a dark space (‘you’ being the character in the story to whom the author is speaking, and not necessarily the reader), through a crowded space, and finally […]



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Boutey Vodou for Papa Gede – 2015

NICHOLAS COUTU BOUTEY VODOU FOR PAPA GEDE – 2015 Glass bottle, plastic doll, rubber skull, streamer, crayon, teeth Inspired by Haitian spirit Papa Gede, this bottle is dedicated to the Vodou spirit of death and fertility. Although often considered the good counterpart of Baron Samedi, Papa Gede is known for his foul language and vulgarity. […]



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The Human Condition

Consider the human condition and all that it encompasses. The daily struggle between right and wrong, the turmoil of emotions coursing through the psyche, and the natural occurrences that batter at the soul. It is this struggle that inspired the design of my bottle. Grounded in the belief that humans can influence their destiny through […]



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Mogao Caves: A Thousand Years of Buddhist History

All the way on the other side of the world, in the Gansu province of China, you will find the oasis city of Dunhuang. The city, whose name means “Blazing Beacon”, is situated near the western side of the Gobi Desert. Dunhuang has always attracted many travelers. Today it is a popular tourist site, but […]



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