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Selkie

© Copyright Alessandra Kelley

In the dark a woman rises from the ocean, a man in seventeenth-century clothes crouched on a rock above.

Selkies were seal-women in Icelandic, Irish and Scottish folklore. They took the form of women, but could return to the sea in their sealskins.

I enjoyed the idea of a Puritan New Englander encountering such a thing on the rocky coast of northern Massachusetts.

The drawing was made with white pencil on black paper.

an arm, the elbow jutting aggressively to the left

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