Mary Kathleen Scott
Reindeer are the only female deer on Earth who grow, wear and shed the same heavy crown of antlers as the males of their species.
Reindeer herds are bound by all that is matriarchal and migratory. Elder females lead The Great Herd during its grueling long-distance spring and fall migrations. Male Reindeer shed their antlers after fall mating season. Female Reindeer wear their antlers all winter long, often protecting the Herd from predators.Only after the spring migration when it is time to give birth, do the female Reindeer shed their antlers in order to prevent injuries to their calves.
Artemis, Greek Goddess of Birth, Death and the Hunt traveled with antlered female deer at her side. It is well known that Artemis preferred the company of her own sex, so she was probably accompanied by Reindeer. The skulls of older female Reindeer have been found in many temples dedicated to this powerful Goddess.
In Neolithic Ireland and Scotland, an antlered goddess named Elen of The Ways, protected the ley lines of the Earth, animal and human migration, and the flow of underground water ways.
For ten years now I have dedicated myself to creating Reindeer Goddesses. They are my Herd. I sculpt and sew, bind and braid with cloth, polymer clay, yarn and fabric. Into each Goddess I incorporate birch, ash and crabapple branches harvested from my own unruly yard.
The Reindeer Goddesses have sharpened and focused my skill as an artist like nothing I have created in this lifetime. Where my travels with The Great Herd may lead me is a Mystery I honor and embrace.