Annika Earley will be the installation artist featured in the Common Street Arts installation window on 93 Main Street, in Waterville, Maine during the second quarter of 2017. Starting in early April, viewers will be able to enjoy this site specific installation on view 24 hours, seven days a week!
Annika is basing her installation on research that she did around the folklore of the German siren Lorelei and how the siren is a symbol for the importance of listening.
In German, the word for story and the word for history are the same: Geschichte. This blurring between the real and the less real is the impetus for Annika Earley’s work. She uses the symbology of folktales in order to examine complex issues of narrative and is currently focused on the folklore of the German siren Lorelei. The siren is a symbol of the power of listening and the knowledge that can be gained from it. Listening is the gateway to deepening one’s ability to empathize with oneself, the environment, and with other individuals. According to legend, Lorelei is the embodiment of the Rhein who lures seafaring men to their deaths with her beauty and song. But who tells her story, and who decided her fate?
As She Made Her Bed/Zauberstabbett examines the idiom of facing the consequences of one’s actions and what that might look like for Lorelei. The piece uses broken, bone-like sticks as a literal bed for Lorelei to lie upon. The broken stick is a folkloric symbol of breaking a curse, something Lorelei might be desperate for. The bed is woven together with twine and cotton, suggesting a labor that Lorelei might have performed in her efforts to be released from her haunting. Above, stained glass stars form the constellation Lyra as a visual reminder of Lorelei’s Sisyphean task. Just like Lorelei, the glass stars are both alluring and potentially dangerous. As She Made Her Bed/Zauberstabbett explores the complexity of consequences: who defines them and who must bear their burden? Whose narrative is told, and who holds the power to tell it?
The piece, entitled As She Made Her Bed/Zauberstabbett, consists of a 40″ x 75″ bed made of collected sticks and seven stained glass stars that make up the constellation Lyra when viewed from the bed.