In some Native American cultures, it is believed that the Spider Woman sits in the great galactic center as a powerful teacher and helper. The web she weaves is the matrix of our reality and interconnects everyone and everything. It is through this connection, some believe, that we can learn to become psychic. The web links together not only our physical realities, but also acts as train tracks for our subconscious realities. It is said that during dreams, a small part of our consciousness leaves physical reality behind and travels through her web, interacting and experiencing things that we can’t comprehend with our physical consciousness. She and her webs are also associated with dream catchers, which protect her people as they sleep by filtering out the bad dreams and allowing only the good dreams to pass though its weave and comfort the person below. Although she is a strong female force who joins everything together, one day she will eventually pull all of her web in, and with it all of her creation, back to its source. 🕷
I used 12 different tintypes to create this “dreamscape” for my Spider Woman…along with an old printed photo of my husband’s grandmother, Betty, from 1928 (the little girl next to the zebra 🦓). I don’t know the identities of any of the other people in the image, except that the Spider Woman was named Josie and that she wished for “A Happy New Year”…

Prints are available in the Shop.