Sara Gothard

2019

Cypocraphy in City Park, 2019, watercolor (4.5"x6.5") – Part 4 of 4 in the series: Bell Witch Family Visits New Orleans. In 19th-century Tennessee, the Bell family claimed to be tormented by a witch and her own demon family, whose names were reported by Martin V. Ingram in An Authenticated History of the Bell Witch (1894). They were not extensively described, so I have used medieval depictions of demons as inspiration and placed them in various New Orleans milieus.

Mathematics in Lafayette Square, 2019, watercolor (4.5"x6.5") – Part 3 of 4 in the series: Bell Witch Family Visits New Orleans. In 19th-century Tennessee, the Bell family claimed to be tormented by a witch and her own demon family, whose names were reported by Martin V. Ingram in An Authenticated History of the Bell Witch (1894). They were not extensively described, so I have used medieval depictions of demons as inspiration and placed them in various New Orleans milieus.

Jerusalem on Rampart Street, 2019, watercolor (4.5"x6.5") – Part 2 of 4 in the series: Bell Witch Family Visits New Orleans. In 19th-century Tennessee, the Bell family claimed to be tormented by a witch and her own demon family, whose names were reported by Martin V. Ingram in An Authenticated History of the Bell Witch (1894). They were not extensively described, so I have used medieval depictions of demons as inspiration and placed them in various New Orleans milieus.

Blackdog in Woldenberg Park, 2019, watercolor (4.5"x6.5") – Part 1 of 4 in the series: Bell Witch Family Visits New Orleans. In 19th-century Tennessee, the Bell family claimed to be tormented by a witch and her own demon family, whose names were reported by Martin V. Ingram in An Authenticated History of the Bell Witch (1894). They were not extensively described, so I have used medieval depictions of demons as inspiration and placed them in various New Orleans milieus.

The Gorgoneion, 2019, watercolor (10.5"x10.5") – In ancient Greece, snake-haired boar-toothed gorgon faces were used as wards against evil.

The Slixes, 2019, watercolor (19"x6.5") – A commission by author Subodhana Wijeyeratne for his fantasy novel, The Slixes, forthcoming in September 2019 from Alban Lake Publishing.

The Slixes (detail) – The wicked tarsier Id Ilbu.

Seshat, 2019; watercolor and acrylic (5.5"x8.5") – Seshat is the ancient Egyptian scrivener goddess of knowledge and writing. She appears here with her traditional iconography of a notched staff and leopard skin, but also with the halo of a medieval saint. This piece was created as a wedding gift for a pair of scholars. Seshat’s name appears in the cartouche, while the hieroglyphics at right read, “wisdom” and “prosperity.”

Untitled Flora, 2019; watercolor (9"x9") – A sampling of the varied urban plantlife in New Orleans.