Abandoned Queen


I hadn’t ever really felt sorry for Catherine of Aragon until my Tudor research revealed a more personal side; her marriage to Henry’s brother, her many miscarriages and stillbirths,(including at least one son), and how she was treated after 20 years of marriage and no longer able to conceive. I used a Jenny Rayment method to crumple a sheer layer over acetate satin and Catherine’s portrait, representing the idea of crushed up and thrown away. I also used a soldering iron to burn words and distress marks onto silk and embellished with bits of broken discarded jewelry and pearls… representing the discarded Treasure I am sure she must have been.