N@N – Cassandra Dam: Witching, B!tching, and Switching
October 19, 2023 12:00 pm
A Visual Exploration of the Evolving Maiden, Mother, and Crone Archetypes
Cassandra will speak to the evolving depictions of the threefold goddess, Maiden, Mother, and Crone, representing the stages of female development. Examining depictions from early classical periods, the impacts of fairy tales, and 20th C stereotypes, she’ll end with explorations of revisitations of the tropes in today’s pop culture exploring transformative and diverse versions of these complex archetypes.
Cassandra Dam, PhD., is an assistant professor of art history and museum studies at the University of Lethbridge and teaches a very popular course called ‘Art + Death’ at the Alberta University of the Arts. She is a certified Death Doula and Death Educator. Her research is in the growing field of Thanatology, specifically relationships between Art + Death, exploring visual artistic practices across cultures and time that provide comfortable points of access to this verboten subject. In her spare time she fondly collects artworks and objects with morbid perspectives on living and travels with her unliving assistant Hepburn, a skeleton, who is on Instagram @ dr.damart.
Presented in person in the Gallery Hall, ground floor Taylor Family Digital Library, University of Calgary
Banner Image: Käthe Kollwitz, Woman and Death, 1910.