by Kelley Hensing
Krampus has a long history, believed to date back to pre-Germanic pagan times. He was later incorporated into various European Christmas traditions, following along side St. Nicholas as a dark companion. St. Nick took care of the good children while Krampus helped discipline the bad, (and in some cases carried them away with him in his basket).
The demon-like figure carries a bundle of birch branches that can be used as switches and he is often portrayed with chains, which are thought to symbolize attempted limitations by the Christian Church. Some stories say he lured children with treats or that he could be distracted himself by an offering of fruit.
Also a thank you to someone special. While I don’t think a Christmas demon was what she had in mind, she had suggested that since it’s December I should do something holiday-themed. Thanks mom! : )
Happy Holidays to All~
Art size: 10.5 x 13.5 in; Total size with frame: 15 x 18 in; Frame is wood with glass front.
Bio: Kelley is inspired by the mysterious. She grew up in a house by the woods surrounded by animals and wilderness, so many of her themes bring together strange nature, mortality and spirituality. Using archetypes of characters from folklore and myth as well as her own stories, she enjoys portraying unusual tales that symbolize our emotions and fears.
Kelley is an artist residing in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her MFA from the School of Visual Arts and her BFA from the Rhode Island School of design. Her favorite mediums are oils on wood and pencil on paper, and she loves to create her work by hand. Her favorite genres range from gothic and steampunk to classic fantasy and legends. Traveling is her only other passion equal to a career in art and is a vital component in inspiring her work.