The Trials of Which Witch?

GIF: The Sabbath Dance, 0:18 (looping ), 2016

*The Trials of Which Witch? is a continuation of my larger research into the figure of the witch. This project will be a drawing-based animation series, which will be the third component in a larger body of work that traces the witch through historical constructions, actual persecutions, and the transformations of this character into contemporary representation. This component focuses specifically on the trial scenarios of three accused witches through a standardized set prosecution questions and explores the possible answers and consequences.

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In support of the research component of this upcoming animation project, I received a Yukon College Research Grant for a project titled Women and Prejudice in the Age of the Witch Hunts, which supported travel to The Palace of Inquisition, a museum in Cartagena, Colombia, to gather images and historical documents for the project. The Palace of Inquisition was used during the colonial period as a courthouse, torture chamber, jail, and execution grounds for those accused of witchcraft during the Spanish Inquisition. Research from this excursion will support the development of The Trial of Which Witch?, which will be an animated re-creation of three witch trials based on historical images and documents of each set of responses.

Photo by Daniel Murray, Cartagena, Colombia

* Project in research stages

Nicole Rayburn 2016