Carrie Ann Baade | Bride
Medium: Oil on Linen
Size: 60 x 38 inches (H x W)
"Pearls before swine" and "casting pearls" refer to a quotation from Matthew 7:6 in Jesus's Sermon on the Mount: "Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces."
This painting was unusual in its making; she insisted on being left outside at night to absorb the moonlight.
We give away the bride covered and hidden. Through this painting, I am exploring the Bride as state of “being cast off.” In ancient Rome, the bride was veiled to ward off evil spirits that might threaten her happiness. The veil in western European tradition was to show modesty and chastity. The "white wedding" came to represent her purity, the bride's dress is bought specifically for the wedding, and is not in a style that could be worn for any subsequent events. Giving away the bride is an antiquated tradition from the days when women were their father's property until they got married and became their husband's property. The bride was literally given away in exchange for a bride price or dowry. Through these ceremonies she is transformed to the eyes of her community, her family, to her husband, and herself. Knowing how many of these rituals end in unhappiness, this bride is a haunting image of the consequences of this ceremony.