Talismanic Dream Towel for the Painter’s Life
2009; 16” x 39” panel, linen towels, beads, by Jenny Badger Sultan
The top comes from an image of Virgin Mary and the Burning Bush from the book, Icons from Sinai; the two crowned snakes are my own addition.
The dream towel is a re-creation of a dream (I can't find the text or date) which had to do with a towel that had paint stains and then had been embroidered with beads.
To act out the dream, I took one of my ancestral linen towels, tied it around my waist while painting and wiped my hands and brushes on it.
When it had gathered enough color, I added the beading.