The Battle of the Sexes
152 cm W x 914 cm H (60" W x 36" H)
The knight, fully armoured, as Men tends to be, rides a lion, which is a symbol of masculinity and virility. The Woman, the red-haired maiden, is naked, which despite her vulnerable appearance, makes her armour and weapon. She rides a unicorn, a symbol of femininity, virginity, and healing power. She fights on the side of the Moon — another symbol of femininity. He, on the other hand, advances on the side of the Sun — another symbol of masculinity. Their shields, however, bear the insignias of the opposing sides because, fight as they may, they cannot do without each other. The tree bearing no apple sees no serpent. Or maybe it does? But that is another story, and it is only getting deeper. Designed by Irina Laird, the owner of Tiffany House in Calgary, this work was was inspired by a story that she was once read in a Russian children's book. At the time I was collaborating with Tiffany House making stained-glass projects, repairs, and restorations. When the owner asked me to do this project I was intimidated at first, by its size and complexity. But while studying the design I grew fascinated with it and being able to finalize it I grew confident in my technique.