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"Lot's Wife" © Cara Gay Driscoll

Lot's Wife

"Lot's Wife" was from Sodom, a city which was about to be destroyed. She was warned not to look back, did not heed the warning and was turned into a pillar of salt. Women's silencing is a cause for concern. Hopefully, by giving her form she has been given a voice. In biblical times, women were often not given a name. They were identified by whom they belonged to, or where they were from.  

Generally there are symbolic characteristics in my work. I believe there are hidden truths in symbols. Take salt, for example. During biblical times salt was a precious commodity. The Roman soldiers were paid in salt, which is where the saying "worth your salt" comes from. Salt was also used for taste and for preservation of food. Also, pillar might reflect pillar of the community. Therefore, perhaps Lot's wife was honoured by being turned into a pillar of salt. Of course, when I made the piece I gave her a good salt-firing.

The inside text is from Genesis 19:26. "But, Lot's Wife, behind him looked back, and she became a pillar of salt."

29 cm x 19 cm, 1999 (collection of J. Kuikman)

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