S.I.D.H.E. - Seeking Inspired, Deep, and Honest Expression

Not Your Typical Faery Community

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Faerie is a world of dark enchantments, of captivating beauty, of enormous ugliness, of callous superficiality, of humor, mischief, joy and inspiration, of terror, laughter, love and tragedy. It is far richer than fiction would generally lead one to believe and, beyond that, it is a world to enter with extreme caution, for of all things that faeries resent the most it is curious humans blundering about their private domains like so many ill-mannered tourists. So go softly - where the rewards are enchanting, the dangers are real.
      - Betty Ballantine from the Foreword to Froud and Lee's Faeries

Faery is many things: sweet, kind, innocent, beautiful, as well as horrid, grotesque, powerful, cunning, aweful, and awe-inspiring. To refuse to acknowledge both aspects leads to a massively unbalanced (and perhaps even dangerous) perspective which is truly not in keeping with either Nature, of which faeries are inherently a part, or with Faery lore both ancient and modern.

In an effort to encourage a more holistic, genuine perception of Faery and subsequently to promote art which flows from that understanding, I've created this community. As the community's username suggests, the focus here is on mythic Faery art, poetry, and lore as opposed to fantasy.

Unfortunately much of the work marketed as faery (or fairy) art these days has very little to do with the nature spirits of myth and a great deal more to with an obsession with the insipid legacy left to us by the Victorians - faeries as spritely, saccarine creatures of fantasy, drained of their original power, wildness, menace, and expressive potency. To quote Brian Froud, "Faeries are not a fantasy but a connection to reality." If you're only interested in extolling the virtues of Amy Brown, Cicely Mary Baker, or Jessica Galbreth, you've come to the wrong place. There are already many LJ communities that cater to that vein of fantasy fairy art and fairy enthusiasts, but this is not one of them. In addition, this is not intended as an Otherkin community (no offense intended, but there are pre-existing communities for Otherkin as well).

Many of the supposed faeries artists and writers depict embody a cookie-cutter mentality: they are either cutsey children with wings and clothing of petals and foliage, or they are Victoria's Secret (and/or Playboy) models with wings and similar botanical decorations. With the explosive popularity of all things Faery, there is no end to depictions of supermodels or buxsome pin-ups with butterfly wings and flowers in their long, wavy tresses. The same can be said of cute, childlike sprites bedecked with insect wings and antennae, amid a profusion of toadstools. Drawing insect wings on humanoid creatures etc. is fun and there are definitely times when they appropriately fit the mood, subject, and personality one is trying to convey, but it should not be the knee-jerk reaction and immediate solution when one truly seeks to reveal Faery through art. If one is sincerely interested in using their art as a vehicle with which to address and explore the realm of Faery with a real sense of receptivity, respect, and sensitivity, the crude formula so many have adopted to depict faeries simply will not suffice. This community is for those who are seeking to explore beyond those hackneyed formulas and stereotypes in their art, research, spirituality, etc. hence the acronym S.I.D.H.E. Seeking Inspired, Deep, and Honest Expression.

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