Una Woodruff’s Artwork in Witches by Colin Wilson
I am presenting an overview of Una Woodruff’s artwork in Colin’s Wilson’s book, Witches (1981). Colin WIlson was a well known authority on the occult, but what really made the book was Ms. Woodruff’s outstanding artwork. A cursory glance at the Amazon reviews prove this to be true, as they all state that it is her artwork which makes the book exemplary. I will select about ten different chapters from the book that have been illustrated by Ms. Woodruff, such as Hecate, or Erictho the Witch, amongst others, to present as slides. Then, I will interview Ms. Woodruff beforehand to get the background story behind each piece, what her influences and inspirations were, how she came to be on such a project, how her work was received, and what the occult community was like in the early 1980s, and what her personal practice was at the time. While presenting, I will give a short overview of Colin Wilson’s Witches before delving into Ms Woodruff’s selected artworks, discussing each one for a couple of minutes. At the end of the discussion, I will briefly touch upon Ms. Woodruff’s artwork in other books, namely, Inventorum Natura (1979) Catwitch (1983) and Amarant (1983).
Scarlett Amaris is a screenwriter, author, historical researcher and presenter. She's co-written scripts for the seminal horror anthology, The Theatre Bizarre (2011), the award winning documentary, The Otherworld (L'Autre Monde) (2013) featuring years of her research into the mysteries of the South of France, which she also appeared in as a resident expert, and the festival circuit favorite, Replace (2017), and the upcoming adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s, The Color Out of Space. She’s co-written the dark fantasy trilogy Saurimonde I, II & III. A well-regarded authority on alternative history, her research has been featured in numerous books and anthologies. Currently, she is teaching The Deity is in the Details: Gods of Light and Dark, which is an in-depth exploration of the history, mythology and various worship practices in the Ancient world to present day. Visit her website at www.scarlettamaris.com.