‘The Weeping’ (Nesting Doll Set) by Cassidy Rae Marietta
Artist: Cassidy Rae Marietta
Title: ‘The Weeping’ (Nesting Doll Set)
Medium: Posca pen and acrylic on wood
Dimensions: 5.5″ x 2.7″
Year of Creation: 2023
About the Artwork:
“Traditionally, Matryoshka dolls represent a universal mother with child and the generations of women living this legacy through time.
I created this set of nesting dolls as part of an ongoing series portraying the ever-present juxtaposition of life and loss and the great cycle we all traverse together.
The dolls are modeled off an earlier illustration, “Heavy Wears the Head,” which means that to wear one’s head is to experience a heavy weight. It’s inescapable. The universe’s ebb and flow does not shy away from this truth; we will continue to show up for it as did our ancestors before us.
Life, death, and the human condition have influenced my work significantly.
I know I am not in the minority when I express great sadness and anger towards the grotesque waves that continue to blanket our world. I am reminded daily of my privileges; I am thankful to be able to express myself for and against my government, continue to create art, and, most importantly, hold my child close. For these reasons and more, I feel an obligation to create.
To the mothers fighting to carry on a family legacy in an atmosphere of unimaginable hardship.
Sending peace and gentle to those choosing love in a time of war.” – Cassidy Rae Marietta
About the Artist:
1985, OH USA Cassidy Rae Marietta is a visual content curator, illustrator, and painter working out of her mid-century modern home in Columbus, Ohio. With sheets of velvety hues, ornate designs, and expressive figurative elements, her work is focused on creating striking images that showcase the modern woman, dotted with botany and psychedelia. Recurring themes in her work include censorship, social normality, and the raw and undying characteristics of human nature. Her keen eye for color and detail has helped blossom a career that includes collaborations, design, and graphic work for clients around the globe.