Witch or Healer
What is real / What is imagined
Positives/Negatives Good/Evil Medicinal/Poison
Series received the 11th Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers in the collage and manipulation category (2018)
Why Witch Hunts
85% of those accused of witchcraft were women. These women were usually healers, midwives, the elderly or the very poor. Religious leaders, the rich and the powerful hierarchy wanted to control the people. They needed a target to create an environment of fear. Women who did not fit into what was considered “the norm” could be accused of being a witch.
Religion: Religious leaders believed illness was God’s will and any interference by way of healing (successful or not) was considered blasphemous.
Commerce: Men wanted control. Why pay poor uneducated women for their services. By the 18th century the first of the country’s medical schools was established in America. Only white, upper class males were permitted to attend. It became illegal for women to practice; even though healers and midwives were depended upon to heal the sick in most poor rural towns.
Archival Digital Prints-Edition of 10- 24”X 16.5”